La Salle High School senior Evan Paul is a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

He is one of about 16,000 semifinalists in the scholarship program form the National Merit Scholarship Corp. He has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth a total of about $33 million that will offered in the spring.

Evan is ranked in the top of his class while completing 5 AP courses and 5 college courses before his senior year. He is registered for additional AP and college courses this year. Evan is undecided on where he will attend college next year, but he knows he wants to major in mathematics.

He is a member of the Lasallian Scholars Institute (LSI), a program for high-achieving students that educates students about the fields of engineering, health care, information technology, and global business through engaging them with business professionals in the Cincinnati area. The students have taken part in more than 100 experience-based learning opportunities with partnering companies and more than 250 hours of professional development training in areas such as public speaking, project management, group collaboration and strategic planning.

"Evan is constantly striving," says Mike Holman, Director of Lasallian Scholars Institute (LSI). "Academically, he is focused and looks for opportunities to further his knowledge. He plans for and completes a rigorous schedule."

Evan is also a Signum Fidei Senior Leader responsible for planning and running school events as well as increasing student involvement and morale. He is a National Honor Society member, an officer in the La Salle Key Club, a member of the Soccer team, and has earned over 230 service hours.

Evan is the son of Ted and Sue Paul of Green Township and are members of St. Ignatius Parish. They reside in Green Township. Evan's brother Ian is a 2015 graduate of La Salle High School.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist lever. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

La Salle High School is located at 3091 W. North Bend Rd. in Green Township and has served students from Greater Cincinnati since 1960. The school website is www.lasallehs.net. Follow us on Twitter at @LaSallePride and Facebook at facebook.com/CincinnatiLaSalle

MISSION: As a Catholic School in the Lasallian tradition, La Salle High School prepares young men to achieve their full potential in body, mind and spirit.

VISION: Students will be guided to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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