Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
Five recent graduates from Massapequa High School set a new record for the district and raised the bar on student achievement when they were named winners in the National Merit Scholarship Program. As they enter college this fall, Joseph Mogavero, Melanie Sheehan, Robyn Tse, Joanna Urli and Joseph Zappa are considered among the top one percent of the nation’s brightest and most promising students.
The winners earned the honor by achieving outstanding scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and by maintaining stellar academic records, participating in school and community service activities, demonstrating leadership abilities and receiving honors and awards during all four years of high school.
Each of the five students received one of 8,300 scholarships and awards valued at more than $32 million, which include $2,500 National Merit scholarships, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. Originally, the district learned from the College Board that two students who were named winners, but was later informed that all five students were scholarship recipients. Robyn Tse and Joe Zappa received National Merit Scholarships underwritten by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Melanie Sheehan and Joe Mogavero were winners of National Merit Scholarships sponsored by Fordham University and Joanna Urli was the winner of a National Merit Scholarship sponsored by the University of Alabama.
“Each one of these outstanding students is a pillar of academic and civic excellence that sets them apart from their peers,” said Massapequa High School Principal Dr. Barbara Williams. “They are shining examples of what can be achieved through rigorous coursework and by taking advantage of the wealth of opportunities we have here at Massapequa High School.”