Twenty-five seniors from North and South High Schools have advanced to finalists from semifinalists in the prestigious 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are now among more than 15,000 students who will be considered for some 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards that will be announced in the coming months.
The John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School finalists are Nicolas Calto, Jonathan Gao, Solly Kasab, Zachary Lee and David Liu.
From William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School, the finalists are Ajay Dheeraj, Lucia Geng, Noah Harouche, Yiqing (Elissa) He, Lynn Hlaing, Kevin Ho, Joo Eun (Medody) Kang, Matthew Ko, Sungmin Ko, XiaoLing (Lee) Li, Maximilian Manicone, Justin Ning, Joshua Putter, Lauren Reiss, Amanda Shen, Melody Yang, Alex Yuan, David Yuan, Sean Zhang and Aric Zhuang.
PSAT scores for these students were among the highest in the state and their scores on a second examination were as good or better. Having demonstrated exemplary academic performance throughout high school, these students were fully endorsed and recommended by their high school principals. Each student also furnished biographical data and a self-description of interests, activities, accomplishments and goals.