The National Merit Scholarship Corp. honored two St. Stanislaus College students for placing in the top 5 percent of students nationwide.
Senior Mitchell Walk was named a National Merit finalist, a designation only the top 1 percent of all students achieve. The honor puts him in an elite group of only 15,000 students across the nation, out of more than 1.5 million who took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test their junior year.
Senior Ryan Ladner was recognized as a 2016 Commended Student by the NMSC, placing him in the top 5 percent of all students.
Ladner is a member of the National Honor Society.
Walk scored a 36 on the ACT test his junior year. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score of 36 nationally.
He has achieved either Alpha or President's Honor Roll every quarter since the seventh grade. He is a member of the Brother Peter Basso Chapter of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Student Ministry Team, and is Student Council vice president. As a three-sport varsity athlete, he has earned varsity letters in football, basketball and tennis, and serves as the tennis representative for the St. Stanislaus chapter for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In football, he was named to the 2015 Mississippi Association of Coaches All-State First Team, the All-Division 8-4A Team, and the Sea Coast Echo Defensive Player of the Year. He also was named to the Division 8-4A All-Division basketball team, and received the Mr. Rockachaw Award for both football and basketball this year. He was a Mississippi finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman.