Two Heelan Seniors Earn National Merit Honors

Meyer, Wiest are National Merit Semi-finalists
Posted on 10/20/2021
Bishop Heelan High seniors Joseph Meyer and Jakob Wiest have been named National Merit Semi-finalists. 

The two seniors, ranked at the top of their class, are now up for finalist designation later this school year. 

National Merit Semifinalists rank in the top 1% of the over 1.5 million juniors across the United States who took the October 2020 PSAT-NMSQT Exam. They are among 16,000 students recognized nationally by the National Merit Corporation.

Meyer, the son of Dr. Steve and Dana Meyer of Sioux City, has been active in Miracle Makers, Mayor's Youth Commission and Student Council. A member of National Honor Society, he has been named a Science Student of the Month twice and Mathematics Student of the Month.

Meyer has consistently traveled to Africa on STEMM mission trips and runs his own baking business Jojo Bakes.

Wiest is the son of Chris and Joy Wiest. He has been active in Student Council and Mayor’s Youth Commission. He is the male lead playing the egotistical boss in “9 to 5 The Musical” which runs at Heelan Nov. 4-7. He performs in Marching Band and Harmonia Mundi show choir. He also has been a member of Heelan boy’s cross country team.

Wiest has been Student of the Month for mathematics, science, social studies and fine arts. He also has worked part-time as a barista/cashier at Cup O' Joy in Dakota Dunes.

With Meyer and Wiest, Heelan has recorded 13 National Merit students in the last 10 years. 

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