SJCA Seniors Named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students


Nicole Flis and Owen Helfer, seniors at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, were named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Head of School Jennifer Mallett explains that this achievement places both Flis and Helfer among the 34,000 high school students receiving recognition for exceptional academic promise.  “The National Merit recognition program is an affirmation of the academic excellence these students exhibit. These two National Merit Commended Scholars represent an intellectual gift to Saint Joe’s, our community, and our state as a whole.  We are very proud of the accomplishments of Nicole and Owen.”

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a spokesperson for National Merit Scholarship Corporation. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Flis said she is honored to be recognized as a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. “I have worked hard for the past three year and it is fulfilling to see that my work has paid off. Having dedicated teachers at SJCA who I have learned so much from and the support of my parents helped me to achieve this accomplishment.”

Flis plans to attend a four year university with a future goal of attending law school, while Helfer is considering the University of Washington to study Communications.