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Syosset-Jericho Tribune - Schools

Jericho HS Students Earn Honors In National Merit Scholarship Program

Sixteen Jericho High School students were recently named semifinalists and 28 students were named commended students in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.


“We are very proud of all of our seniors that have been recognized as semifinalists and commended students,” said Superintendent of Schools Hank Grishman. “All of these young men and women serve as exceptional role models for students in our district.”


Jericho High School students Ken Aizawa, Matthew Chun, Joshua Han, Albert Hsiung, Oliver Hu, Xingan Hua, Kevin Huang, Yu Law, Nicholas Mu, Dohee Na, Karen Pan, Kaitlyn Shin, Wilson Wang, Amy Xu, Jerry Xu, and Richard Zhang were named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. 


These scholastically talented students now have the opportunity to compete for approximately 8,000 scholarships, worth $35 million, that will be offered next spring.


More than 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the U.S. entered the 2014 National Merit Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 


Semifinalists, who represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, are made up of the high scoring entrants in each state. 


The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.


Twenty-eight Jericho High School seniors were named commended students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. 


These students, Kunaal Anand, Anuhita Basavaraju, Jennifer Berman, Ross Bower, Andrew Greenblatt, Daniel Hahn, Estee Hong, Chenle Hu, Kelly Jung, Preeti Kakani, Min Kim, Tae Kim, Young Kim, Ben Kronengold, Vicki Lam, Peter Li,

Richard Li, Aaron Liu, Jiayu Liu, Matthew Osnowitz, Jordan Peykar, Rachel Reiben, Eric Ren, Chloe Shakin, Sharon Song, Vincent Wu, Michelle Yan, and Christopher Yao are recognized for outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. 


Commended splaced among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 National Merit Program by taking the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT.


—Jericho School District