Holy Cross Seniors Justin Dunlap and Jacob Lincoln Named National Merit Commended Students

NEW ORLEANS—Holy Cross School seniors Justin Dunlap and Jacob Lincoln have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Justin Dunlap is the son of Dana Lynn St. Pierre Dunlap and Charles Dunlap. He began attending Holy Cross in 7th grade, and previously attended St. Rosalie Catholic School. Justin is a volunteer with the Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium, a passion he plans to pursue with a major in entomology in college.

Jacob is the son of Anna Lincoln-Shapard and Seth Shapard. He has been a student at Holy Cross since 5th grade and previously attended Belle Chasse Primary School. Jacob is a member of the Tiger Band, Robotics Team and Student Council, and he is active with the CYO at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. He plans to study biomedical engineering or physiology in college.

Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. NMSC says these students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.

About Holy Cross School

Holy Cross School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school founded in 1849 by the Congregation of Holy Cross School to educate young men from metropolitan New Orleans. Serving students grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, Holy Cross School is fully accredited by the Louisiana State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and holds memberships in the National Catholic Educational Association, the National Middle School Association and the National High School Association. A Holy Cross School education engages the whole man – mind and heart, body and soul – and is rooted in the teachings of Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. For more information about Holy Cross School visit www.holycrosstigers.com or call 504.942.3100.