PARSIPPANY — Amanda Lyons, a member of Morris Catholic High School Class of 2016, was named a National Merit semifinalist. More than 1.5 million students across the country take the PSAT, the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Less than one percent of high school seniors in each state are named semifinalists.
The Parsippany resident is one of two from the three high schools sponsored by the Diocese of Paterson.
Last spring she was named the recipient of the Sister Joseph Marie – Crusader Award for Academic Distinction, a recognition given to a junior who has achieved principal’s honors for each quarter while a student a MCHS. Lyons was the sole recipient.
Both teachers and peers recognize the joy Lyons finds in learning, and she has especially distinguished herself in writing and world languages, the school noted. “Amanda embodies the meaning of scholarship seeking understanding. We are proud of her.”