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National Merit Semifinalists

News Type:  Main School Date:  Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Jamie DeWalt and Matthew Thompson were chosen from Blessed Trinity.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be off ered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Fall Play - Puffs

News Type:  Main School Date:  Monday, September 30, 2019

 

Puffs the Play
october 4-5
7:30 pm

Written by Matt Cox

This clever and inventive play “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) giving you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers “who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along” (Hollywood Life). Their “hilariously heartfelt!” (Metro) and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and re-imagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

 

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Student Fundraiser

News Type:  Main School Date:  Friday, August 16, 2019

 

 

Blessed Trinity believes in creating a culture of philanthropy among its student body. In past years, students have been asked to sell cases of Coca-Cola products to help raise money for the school. This year students have been asked to sell coupon cards. Coupon cards cost $30 and will get you discounts at local restaurants and other retail stores. Students who have sold coupon cards must turn the money collected in to the Advancement Office. The deadline for selling the cards is Wednesday, August 28.

Ms. Lancaster has challenged each student at Blessed Trinity to sell five cards and has promised them a week of being out of uniform if the challenge is met!

You can purchase a card from a Blessed Trinity student, or by texting BLESSED19 to 850-404-1912

Volunteers Needed

News Type:  Main School Date:  Thursday, August 8, 2019

 

Interested in volunteering for Blessed Trinity Catholic High School? BT needs volunteers in all aspects of operation. If you're interested in spiritual life, academics, fine arts or athletics, Blessed Trinity has a spot for you! Committees are being formed in all these areas.

To volunteer, click here and fill out the Google Form.

BT Habitat for Humanity participates in Collegiate Challenge

News Type:  Main School Date:  Wednesday, July 31, 2019

 

In June, Mr. Morzen, Mrs. Birth, Fr. Bob Frederick and 14 students from the BT Habitat for Humanity Club traveled to Spruce Pinces, NC for our summer Collegiate Challenge trip. Spruce Pines is in a beautiful mountain area outside of Asheville and part of the Mitchell Yancey Habitat affiliate. We kicked off our trip with a Mass in the BT Chapel on Father’s Day with the families of the participants, along with President Marks and his family, Ms. Lancaster and Mr. Villacura. 

Our work included painting and finishing touches on a house where some of our group got to work side by side with the family that will be living there. In addition, our group worked at a food pantry, organized a thrift store, helped out at an animal shelter, and worked on projects at the Habitat ReStore. Our final project was demolition of an old playground at Spruce Pines Methodist Church who provided us with classrooms for lodging during the week. 

Aside from our good work in the area we found time to take in some of the beautiful hikes, including Mount Mitchell which is the highest peak in the southeast! Fr. Bob celebrated daily Mass and offered the sacrament of Reconciliation and we had nightly reflections led by the teens which all gave our summer build a retreat-like feel. 

We returned to BT on Friday, June 21st, tired from a full week of work and activity but better and blessed because of it. 

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