St. John Neumann Regional Academy student named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist

St. John Neumann Regional Academy senior, Benjamin Facey, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist. Facey is the son of Peter and Mindy Facey of Williamsport. Facey has received high honors and great academic achievement throughout his years at SJNRA.

He has been part of the St. John Neumann Student Council for his entire high school career.

His positions included president of his calls for three years, and he is currently president of the executive council.

Facey is also an active member of the St. John Neumann LEO Club, working in conjunction with the Williamsport Lions Club on a variety of service projects, and participating in all LEO Club activities, including their annual Cans for a Cause and Winter Clothing Drive.

Facey is a member of the Academic Decathlon and Model UN teams. He is a captain of the Neumann boys’ varsity soccer team and a member of the tennis team. In 2012, Benjamin completed the Penn College Youth Leadership program, where he gained enhanced leadership skills and increased knowledge of the need for service in his community.

Outside of school, Facey actively volunteers at St. Ann Parish, where he has been an altar server for many years and currently serves as sacristan.

Denise Tobin, St. John Neumann High School principal remarked, “We congratulate Benjamin for the hard work that has enabled him to receive this distinguished honor.

He exemplifies what can be achieved when a student is motivated to do his very best academically and also chooses to serve his school and parish community as a leader and role model. Our high school is blessed to work with such a talented young man who demonstrates great potential for future academic success.”

To enter the 2014 program, 1.5 million juniors took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) – the national pool of semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To be considered in the rigorous competition for scholarships, semifinalists must meet additional standards and fulfill several requirements. These include having a record of very high academic performance in college preparatory course work, submitting SAT scores that confirm the PSAT/NMSQT performance and being fully endorsed and recommended by a high school official. Each semifinalist must also write an essay and give information about activities/volunteer service, leadership positions, honors or awards and employment.

The 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program is in its 59th year of honoring students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Approximately 8,000 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $35 million, will be offered in the spring of 2014.