Four seniors at St. Pius X High School were recognized in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Jacob P. and Jack S. were named National Merit Commended Students, Gabriella G. was named a National Hispanic Scholar and National African American Scholar and Thomas P. was named a National Hispanic Scholar.
Phillips and Sullo were recognized among 34,000 commended students throughout the nation for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students place among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said an NMSC spokesperson. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their school plays 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.”
Both Gibson and Parlette were recognized as National Hispanic Scholars by the National Hispanic Recognition Program. They scored in the top 2.5% of PSAT/NMSQT test takers who identify as one or more of the following: African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or attend school in a rural area, or are from a small town. Approximately 5,000 Hispanic/Latino students are recognized each year from the more than 400,000 Hispanic juniors who take the PSATs. To qualify, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic and carry a 3.5 GPA. Additionally, Gibson was recognized as a National African American Scholar.
“We are so proud of Jacob, Jack, Gabriella and Thomas,” said Rachel Ware, Principal at St. Pius X High School. “These four student leaders exemplify what it means to be Veritas men and women, and they epitomize what hard work and determination can accomplish. SPX is honored to call these scholars Panthers!”
Gabriella has been an active athlete at SPX. She has participated in the volleyball, swimming and basketball teams. She has also been an active member of Math Club, Science Club, Anime Club and Book Club. She hopes to attend Rice University and major in Biology in the Pre-Med track.
Thomas has had an active social experience here at SPX. He has served as a member of the X-Crew, Student Ambassadors, International Club, French Club, Student Council and National Honor Society. He's also played for the school's basketball team. He would like to major in Engineering at Texas A&M, Colorado School of Mines, Rice University, Cornell, or Notre Dame.
Jacob has been actively involved in the National Honor Society, Theatre SPX and the TAPPS Academic Team. He wants to major in Architecture at Rice University, the University of Houston or Texas A&M.
Jack has played baseball for SPX for the past three years and serves on the newly re-formed Chess Team and Stock Market Challenge Club.