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Caselli ’21 earns National Merit Scholarship Award

Posted April 16th, 2021

We are proud to share that Senior Jake Caselli has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship winner.  Jake’s achievement is a shining moment in the history of the Hermit Brotherhood as he was chosen from approximately 1.6 million students who entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.  

Students were designated on a state representational basis in proportion to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. In order to advance in the competition and even be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a Semifinalist had to become a Finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance. The process to reach the level of the 15,000 distinguished Finalists was a grueling process in itself.

Jake has been an exemplary leader in the school and embodies the very essence of what it means to be ready to exit as a Christian Gentleman to serve.  His fellow classmates from the Class of 2021 share in this landmark accomplishment as acceptances have started to arrive into the College Guidance department.  This year’s senior leaders have continued the tradition of academic excellence as they have been offered admittance to some of the most prestigious, competitive and selective schools in the country. 

Some of which include the following:

Harvard University
Princeton University
Villanova University
Georgetown University
Tufts University
Carnegie Mellon University
Northeastern University
Boston College
University of Virginia

The Class of 2021 is approaching the completion of their journey at St. Augustine Prep by solidifying their impressive legacy in the history of the Hermit Brotherhood.


The servant leadership and collaboration displayed by the Class of 2021 are just two of the many hallmarks of a St. Augustine Prep graduate, take the next step towards joining the Brotherhood and become an agent of change! Rurally situated away from major cities and contact points, St. Augustine Prep is the premier Catholic, Augustinian all-boys high school in southern New Jersey. Students at St. Augustine move between 50 classrooms and labs, spread over four separate buildings on a 118-acre campus. Consider a campus-style education for your son to be educated both regularly and safely. Visit today or email for more information!

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