2018 National Merit Finalists

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Back row, from left: Susan Wu, Todd Qiu, William Pens, Andrew Batteria and Walter Stackler. Front row, from left: Matthew Palmadessa, Tiffany Chen, Rachel Chang and Jiyoon (Yuna) Kim.

Andrew Batteria, Rachel Chang, Tiffany Chen, Matthew Palmadessa, Jiyoon (Yuna) Kim, William Pens, Todd Qiu, Walter Stackler and Susan Wu were the nine Manhasset High School seniors recognized as finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Program.

To be counted among the nation’s 16,000 finalists, these seniors had to submit a detailed scholarship application including their academic record, participation in extracurricular activities and community engagement, leadership ability, employment and a record of honors and awards. They also had to achieve an SAT score equivalent to their PSAT score, maintain their prestigious academic performance and receive a recommendation from a high school official.

The seniors will be notified this spring as to whether they are among the 7,500 students who have been selected to receive awards and scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. Members of the NMS committee will evaluate the seniors’ academic records, the curriculum and grading system at their school, their SAT scores, high school officials’ recommendations, information about their activities and leadership, and their essays.

In the fall, 11 Manhasset seniors were named semifinalists in the program. Approximately 1.6 million students entered the competitionby taking the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT. Semifinalists are determined based on their combined scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing.

—Submitted by the
Manhasset School District

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