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The top of the top: Joel Steimle named a National Merit Semifinalist

Posted on: September 13, 2017 12:00 am
Senior Joel Steimle is honored as a National Merit Semifinalist

National Merit honors are among the highest distinctions a U.S. high school senior can earn. On Sept. 13, Finneytown's own Joel Steimle was named a National Merit Semifinalist -- putting him in the top 1 percent of seniors across the nation.

High school counselor Becky Coker presents Joel Steimle with a letter naming him a National Merit Semifinalist.

Joel earned the distinction by outstanding performance on the PSAT. Of 1.6 million seniors taking the PSAT, approximately 16,000 were named Semifinalists this year. To move on to Finalist status, Semifinalists must have superior academic records, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay and earn high scores on the SAT.

Joel, who has a 5.35 GPA, has been a leader in and out of the classroom. Vice president of the National Honor Society, he has been a team captain in cross country and tennis, in both of which he has participated for four years. He has also played soccer, golf and basketball  and was chosen as a homecoming attendant. He leads his youth group at Xenos Christian Fellowship, works with the Whiz Kids after-school program, and has volunteered with multiple community-service projects.

Joel's older brother, Luke, was also a National Merit designee. Their parents are Julie Steimle and Steve Steimle.

"I was definitely excited," Joel said, after having school counselors and building and district administrators visit his AP Statistics classroom to announce the award. "I have kind of been checking throughout the month because I knew Semifinalists came out in September. It's kind of overwhelming."

Joel continues Finneytown High School's long tradition of academic excellence. His work ethic, personal integrity, high standards and commitment to excellence make his high school and community proud. Congratulations, Joel!