STJ National Merit Semifinalists

Saint James School Seniors Gyuna Kim, Ian Tsekouras, Connor Taylor, and Daniel Kim were all named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists and joined sixteen other Saint James students as this year’s AP Scholars.

Saint James Leads Montgomery in Independent School National Merit Semifinalists

Four Saint James School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists, a prestigious honor awarded to only 16,000 students out of the 1.5 million who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). These exceptional Saint James students are the largest group from any independent school in the area achieving this high honor.

Saint James Seniors Daniel Kim, Gyuna Kim, Connor Taylor, and Ian Tsekouras were all recognized for their outstanding performance on the PSAT and are now working on the requirements to be named National Merit Finalists in February. When named a National Merit Finalist, the students are considered for Merit Scholarship awards based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.

"At Saint James, we work diligently every day to nurture and develop a love of learning in each child at our school," said Dr. Larry McLemore, Saint James Head of School. "We believe each child possesses worlds of potential, and we are committed to developing the unique gifts and talents within each student. When I look at the success and achievements of Connor, Daniel, Gyuna, and Ian I know that they earned this extraordinary recognition as National Merit Semifinalists through their devotion, commitment, and passion for learning. Their teachers at Saint James have been mentors to them all along the way to reaching this accomplishment. We all celebrate their achievements and we congratulate each of them and their families."

In addition to earning the high honor of National Merit Semifinalist, these four Saint James Students are also Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars. They are among the 20 Saint James School students who were named AP Scholars by the College Board in August 2016. Gyuna Kim was named an AP Scholar with Distinction, which means she has earned a score of three or higher on five or more Advanced Placement exams. Daniel Kim, Connor Taylor, and Ian Tsekouras were all recognized as AP Scholars with Honor, which means they earned a score of three or higher on four or more Advanced Placement exams. In addition to these four students, six Saint James students were designated AP Scholars with Distinction, four were named AP Scholars with Honor, and six were named AP Scholars, which means they scored a three or higher on three or more AP exams.

Gyuna Kim has excelled even further, reaching perfection on several of her standardized tests. She earn a perfect score of five on four AP exams as a junior (English Language and Comp, US History, AB Calculus, and Chemistry), and she earned two perfect scores on the SAT last fall, with a Math score of 800 and an 800 in Writing. This year, she earned a perfect score of 800 on the SAT subject test, Chemistry; and a perfect score of 800 on the SAT subject test, Math Level 2. Joining Gyuna with perfect standardized test scores is Saint James Senior Jason Zhang who has earned a perfect score of 36 in Math on the ACT (twice) and a perfect score of 800 in Math on the SAT.

Each of these exemplary students has reached their level of personal excellence as reflected in the mission of Saint James School, “…We are committed to challenging and assisting students in realizing their individual potential and preparing them for lives of responsibility, service, and achievement.”

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