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A Bright Mineola Scholar 

Joyce Rhim, Mineola High School senior, has been named a finalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. With approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is what enables High School students to enter the National Merit Program. Rhim is one of only 15,000 students in the nation to reach finalist standing and is now eligible for one of the 8,000 Merit Scholarships.


The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. The next phase of this competition is underway and Joyce should receive final notification of her status in March.


“I was able to become a finalist due to my PSAT scores when I took the PSAT as a junior,” Rhim said. “After I became a semi finalist, I had to send in an SAT score that would show that I received a score that was in the range of what my PSAT score predicted. There was no other application process,” she added.


A multifaceted, multi-talented personality, she has been named AP Scholar with Honor by the College Board. Rhim is a music enthusiast  and can sing, play the piano, violin and guitar. She is involved in the Drama Club, chamber ensemble, a capella, jazz band and dynamics. She was selected to sing in the All-County Mixed Chorus, and has a President’s Volunteer Service Award.


Rhim is in National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, Tri-M (Music Honor Society), and has consistently been ranked in the top 1 percent of her class. She also took third place in the New York State Science and Engineering Fair last year.


“I am planning on studying bioengineering in college,” Rhim stated. “I am still waiting to find out which colleges I am accepted to and my options. I am looking at Yale, Harvard, UPenn, University of Rochester, Stony Brook, among others.”


She already received a letter of acceptance to SUNY Binghamton. Her advice to growing students? Work hard, but not too hard.


“I would just like to say that you should work hard, but to not let the stress of school and the pressure to do well overcome you,” Rhim says. “It really won’t be that important when you’re 70.”