SJS Students Excel at ACT, Klawitter Shatters School Record (Again!)
In February of 2020, St. Joseph Catholic School learned that Natalie Meath and Jack Van Nurden, Waconia High School Students and 2016 St. Joe’s graduates, were named National Merit Finalists, a prestigious national award based in part on their college entrance examinations. Since then the school has received further good news regarding college test results.
St. Joseph Catholic School is a member of Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS). Based on standardized test scores, Northwestern University of Illinois invited several seventh and eighth-grade students from St. Joe’s to take the ACT college entrance examination alongside local juniors and seniors. COVID-19 cancellations prevented several students from taking the test, but St. Joe’s middle school students Andrew Klawitter, Unity Kelly, and Jace Jager were able to take the examination in 2020. Based on their performance, Northwestern University has recommended that these students take advanced classes in high school. Seventh-grader Adrik Ehalt is expected to take the test this month. St. Joe’s would like to extend a special congratulations to eighth-grade student Andrew Klawitter on achieving the highest ACT composite score ever recorded by a middle school student at the school. This is the third consecutive year that a St. Joe’s student has achieved an all-time high composite score for the school. Andrew, while not even in high school yet, achieved a composite score that exceeds over 95% of college-bound high school seniors.