24 Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Principal Daniel Holtzman and the North High National Merit Semifinalists are all smiles. (Photo by Irwin Mendlinger)

Twenty-four students in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named semifinalists in the prestigious 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC), which honors
students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

These semifinalists are among the 16,000 named nationwide, having scored among the highest in New York State on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which they took last year.

The semifinalists at John L. Miller–Great Neck North High School are Yoel Hawa, Isobelle Lim, Isabella Mirro, Joshua Rothbaum and Lucien Wostenholme.

Principal Dr. Christopher Gitz proudly poses with South High’s 19 National Merit Semifinalists. (Photo by Irwin Mendlinger)

William A. Shine–Great Neck South High School semifinalists are Yinuo Chen, Annie Dai, Emily Gao, Julia Gorenstein, Hannah Kareff, Nicholas Langel, Samuel Levine, Jay Lin, Joshua Liu, Daniel Lu, Kathleen Lu, Richard Miller, Anthony Pei, Ethan Wang, George Wang, Jennifer Wang, Trinity Wang, William Yan and Eric Yang.

The semifinalists, who represent less than one percent of seniors in the country, will be identified to colleges and universities in order to increase their educational opportunities.

Most semifinalists go on to achieve finalist status in early 2019.

Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen from among the finalists to receive one or more Merit Scholarship awards.

Underwritten by NMSC and some 420 business organizations and higher-education institutions, awards include National Merit single-payment scholarships in the amount of $2,500; corporate-sponsored scholarships, a one-time or renewable four-year award; and college/university-sponsored scholarships, which are renewable for up to four years.

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