Holy Cross Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists, Serve School and Community Through Commitment to Excellence

NEW ORLEANS—Two Holy Cross School seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Cade Martin, son of Sean and Jenna Martin (Class of 1992), and Blake Ziegler, son of Melvin and Rebecca Ziegler (Class of 1977), have both been named National Merit Semifinalists. These academically talented high school seniors are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and they will now have the opportunity to compete for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. In addition, these two students have earned a full tuition scholarship for their senior year at Holy Cross School as part of the school’s National Merit Award program.

Ziegler and Martin are not only scholars but also influential members of the Holy Cross community. Ziegler is an officer on the Student Council, Captain of the Speech and Debate Team, and Captain of the Tiger Band. Martin serves as Student Body President, Captain of the Cross Country and Track Teams, and is an all-state athlete in his respective sports. In addition, these students give back to their community through service and by volunteering as tutors and mentors to younger students.

“Blake and Cade are perfect examples of Holy Cross Men. Neither gentleman rests on his academic accolades; rather, each strives to be a complete person: mind, heart, body and soul. Holy Cross School encourages young men to embrace their community and to be servant leaders through participation and a commitment to excellence,” said Sean Martin, Headmaster of Holy Cross School.

Martin and Ziegler began attending Holy Cross School in middle school and will graduate with the Class of 2019. The school’s philosophy of “Boys to Men” focuses on building young men who will go on to become servant leaders and productive citizens in their community. Holy Cross would like to recognize St. Pius X School and Kehoe France School for providing these young men with a strong foundation in their formative elementary years.

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.


 Photo: Chief School Officer Eric DesOrmeaux, Cade Martin, Blake Ziegler and Headmaster Sean Martin