A National Merit Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Syosset High School senior William Long, who is a 2016 National Merit Scholarship winner! William is among approximately 7,500 students nationwide to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling about $33 million.

William was chosen among 15,000 finalists determined to possess the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. He initially qualified for the competition by scoring among the highest in the state and top 1 percent in the country on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2014.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, William completed a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about his extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. His outstanding academic record, a high SAT score and an endorsement from the high school, all served as criteria for his award.

William’s accomplishments include having participated in various research programs, including Advanced and Honors science research course studies at Syosset High School, DNA research at The Board Institute of Harvard and MIT, and subaquatic acoustics and submarine biomedical research at the U. S. Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory.

Congratulating William (from left) is Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers and Assistant Principal Christopher Ruffini.