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National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Senior at Pope Francis Preparatory School named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

September 13, 2023


Keegan Sears, a senior at Pope Francis Preparatory School, has been recognized for his outstanding achievement on the 2022 PSAT and has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. 


From more than 1.3 million juniors at 21,000 high schools who took this exam, Keegan is among a nationwide pool of Semifinalists that represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. Keegan now becomes one of 16,000 students who will apply for status as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. 


Locally, Keegan is the only semifinalist within the City of Springfield and one of only two students to be recognized for this achievement from the 23 cities and towns in Hampden County.   

From his challenging class schedule, to scoring a perfect score of 800 on the SAT last year, to serving as a member of Pope’s Christian Leadership Team and SOAR admissions ambassador program, to playing soccer, ski, and baseball, Keegan has made the most of the opportunities that Pope Francis Prep has to offer its students. 


Head of School, Dr. Paul Harrington shared, “we are excited about Keegan’s prospects for college and the future, and are pleased that he has been recognized for all of his hard work.”