Sacred Heart Boasts National Merit Semifinalist

September 24, 2014

Erinn Halasinski ’15 received notification from the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program that she has been named a Semifinalist in the competition. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

About 1.4 million juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 PSAT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 87,600 National Merit Scholarship awards, worth $33 million that will be offered next spring.

Since freshman year Erinn has consistently given her best effort in academics, athletics, and to the school community. She is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and numerous clubs: Technology, Key, Peer Connection, Book, Sister to Sister, Young Alumnae, and Athletic Hospitality. She has been an active participant in Academy’s musicals. A member of the indoor and outdoor track teams, Erinn received varsity letters and Scholar Athlete awards in both, and qualified for States in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay.

In spring 2014 Erinn received the National Center for Women in Informational Technology’s Aspirations in Computing Award, one of only ten young women in Connecticut to claim this distinction. At Honors Convocation, she was the recipient of the Fairfield University Book Award presented to a junior who excels academically, is actively involved in the spirit of her school, and possesses a genuine sense of concern and responsibility toward others. Just recently, she was named an AP Scholar with Honor – granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on 4 or more exams.

Her volunteerism includes coaching underclassmen at junior varsity track meets, participating in Cheshire Academy’s Arts Day, and working in the St. Bridget Summer Enrichment Program. Erinn has been an altar server for ten years and is a teen facilitator for CYO at St. Bridget Church, helping students prepare for Confirmation. During the summer, Erinn volunteers at Bret Nichols’s You Gotta Believe Basketball Camp, helping young athletes improve their skills and teamwork abilities. In June, she participated in Sacred Heart’s mission trip to Camden, New Jersey.

Outside of school, Erinn plays piano and guitar and tells us she “knows Jingle Bells on the harmonica!” She enjoys reading, writing, biking, hiking, and listening to music. Her favorite hobby is videography, producing short films for activities in which she is involved. “I especially enjoy doing service for others, and hopefully I will go on mission trips to different areas of the world in the future. This year I am able to share my love for puns with the entire school every week on the SHA Morning Show in the new ‘Joke Friday” segment. I love to entertain people, whether with a joke or a video. I will most likely major in film in college. I also really love technology, and I look forward to exploring more in this area.”

Congratulations, Erinn. Sacred Heart is proud.

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