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32 Syosset High School Seniors Named 2021 National Merit Semifinalists

Syosset Central School District is pleased to announce that a record 32 Syosset High School seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists. This group represents the highest number of SHS students named semifinalsts for any given year. The students qualified for this distinction by scoring among the highest in the state on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 

“We are incredibly proud of all our Syosset National Merit Semifinalists for their academic achievements,” said principal Dr. Giovanni Durante. “The fact that we had an astounding 32 semifinalists is a testament to the determination and hard work they have displayed here at Syosset High School. We wish them continued success for their futures.”

Approximately 16,000 high school students nationwide were named Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay. The semifinalists have qualified to compete for approximately 7,600 National Merit scholarships worth more than $30 million. Finalists will be announced in February 2021, with the winners to be named in the spring.

The District congratulates the following students: William Akunevicz, Arjun Chadha, Stella Chen, Evan Cheng, Michael Chu, Anoushka Dalvi, Brian Gao, Simran Goel, Shreyas Goswami, Esther Han, Hamza Iqbal, Alex Ji, Michael Kopacz, Joshua Langman, Ariane Lee, Borui Lu, Michael Lu, Angela Mao, Jenny Ou, Amanda Qian, Giselle Rasquinha, Jacob Rosenberg, Trisha Sinha, Nolan Smithwick, Alexa Trapani, Aayush Turakhia, Emma Van Dorn, Eric Wang, Lara Weinberg, Max Yin, Joshua Yun, and Kevin Zhao.
Listing of names of National Merit Semifinalists