Six Chesterton High
School seniors are among the nation’s 16,000 Semifinalists announced in the
2018 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) competition. These
students have completed the first step in the competition for some 7,500
Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, to be offered next spring.
Based on selection
index scores on the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT, the CHS students cited in the 63rd
annual competition are Raymond “CJ” Connors, Tristan Dooley, Karlyn Layman,
Bryan Pamintuan, Nolan Poczekay and Kristina Stevenson.
Connors is the son
of Chris and Heather Connors of Westville. He is in the International
Baccalaureate (IB) Program and his school activities include Spanish club
and National Honor Society (NHS). He plans to study engineering at Stanford
Dooley is the son
of Joseph and Lesley Dooley of Westville. His school activities include
Trojan Guard Marching Band and Orchestra. He plans to study mathematics at
University of Notre Dame.
Layman is the
daughter of Chris and Jeff Layman of Valparaiso. Her school activities
include the French and Japanese Clubs, Fish Club and NHS. She plans to study
biology and/or chemistry at Purdue University.
Pamintuan is the
son of Hilda Tsai and Al Pamintuan of Chesterton. His school activities
include Trojan Guard Marching Band. He plans to study engineering at
Poczekay, is the
son of Tom and Jamie Poczekay of Westville. His school activities include
Trojan Guard Marching Band and Japanese Club. He is undecided at this time
as to his field of study and what school he will attend.
Stevenson, is the
daughter of Doreen and Bill Stevenson of Chesterton. Her school activities
include Softball, Spanish Club and NHS. She plans to study business at
Villanova or Indiana University.