(COVINGTON, La.) — St. Paul’s recently announced that five of its students earned recognition as National Merit Semifinalists. Dubbed the “Fab Five,” Benjamin Klein, Ian Kramer, Cameron Dougherty, Reece Grimley, and Brenden Dauterive earned top scores on the PSAT, placing them in the top one percent of the country. St. Paul’s also holds five National Merit Commended Semifinalists who occupy the top two percent.
About 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to become finalists. Of the finalists, half are awarded the National Merit Scholarship and Merit Scholar title. 16,000 semifinalists were named nationwide, making the average per school 2.3 students in the United States. Having five semifinalists at St. Paul’s is more than double the national average.