PR – Sep 13, 2023

Matthew Simpson Named
National Merit Semifinalist

Saint Stanislaus senior Matthew Simpson has been named a semifinalist in the 2023-24 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Simpson joins an elite group of students from across the country.  He is one of around 16,000 students to receive this honor of the 1.6 million students who take the PSAT to qualify.  Simpson’s next step is to apply for the National Merit Finalist Scholarship, which is awarded in the spring.

Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Simpson’s family relocated to Diamondhead.   He attended St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School and is the son of Drs. Samuel and Janet Simpson.  

Simpson entered Saint Stanislaus in the 7th grade and has consistently excelled in the academic arena.  He holds a weighted grade point average of 4.4 and scored a 35 on his most recent ACT.   As a junior he scored 5’s – the highest score possible – on the AP Biology, AP US History, and AP English exams.   He is currently enrolled in the very demanding classes of AP Calculus, AP English IV, AP Government, Chemistry II Honors, and Physics Honors.

Simpson is an accomplished student who has been recognized each year on the President’s Honor Roll and earned memberships in the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.   Additionally, he is a member of the SSC Regiment as a bass clarinet player.  He participates in the chess club and in eSports. His future plans include pursuing a degree in Data Science at Mississippi State University.