Joseph Delamerced named National Merit semifinalist

Joseph Delamerced named National Merit semifinalist

Joseph Delamerced

President of a state organization, skilled magician, Latin aficionado and leader at The Summit Country Day School, senior Joseph Delamerced has been named a semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Corporation Program.

Amid fierce competition, he is among about 1.6 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors last year. The 16,000 semifinalists nationwide represent less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. As a semifinalist, Joseph is also among the highest-scoring entrants in Ohio.

Joseph has been named an AP Scholar with Distinction. He is enrolled in the Science Research Institute, a college preparatory program offered only at The Summit which is designed to expose students to research and the sciences. Through the institute, Joseph had an internship this summer in the Rothenberg Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in the Allergy & Immunology Department where he studied the mechanisms of allergic disorders, specifically eosinophilic esophagitis. A blog on his experience can be viewed at He was selected to participate in TAP MD, a program which introduces talented students to potential medical careers.

Joseph is a lifer at The Summit, where he is a member of the Student Senate. An officer in The Summit’s award-winning Latin Club, this year Joseph is also president of the Ohio Junior Classical League. He has organized Make-A-Difference Day service projects in all three regions of the state, coded and designed an award-winning website and helped bring together more than 30 chapters for a state convention. He writes an educational blog called EtULatin using art, theater and current events to make the classics relevant to his readers. At the 2017 national convention, he was given a first place award for service for teaching Latin and Greek mythology to inner-city students. He has earned a perfect score on the National Latin Exam twice and is a member of the Eta Sigma Phi Fraternity, a college-level group uniting scholars of the Classics.                                                  

Outside The Summit, he is probably best known for representing Cincinnati three times in the National Scripps Spelling Bee while he was in Middle School, placing 12th and 13th in the nation the last two times.

He has volunteered for four years at The David and Rebecca Barron Center for Men in Over-the-Rhine. He was U.S. Chess Federation National Chess Champion his freshman year, he has been teaching chess to inner city students for six years through KIDSforCHESS. He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

“Joseph is intelligent, has a keen sense of humor and demonstrates kindness,” said Laura Haas, who teaches health and leadership and is coordinator of leadership and student activities at The Summit. “He has created strong friendships and has demonstrated himself to be a caring friend for others. These strengths make Joseph a strong leader, he serves others and builds trust in his academic studies, in Latin Club and in Senate.”

Joseph is one of nine seniors this year who have been recognized in some way by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. About 90 percent of the semifinalists reach finalist standing and about half will be awarded National Merit scholarships. To become finalists, students must maintain an outstanding academic record, be active in school and community activities, demonstrate leadership abilities, write an essay, earn SAT scores that confirm their performance on the qualifying test and be recommended by their principal.