South Orangetown Central School District

TZHS is proud to congratulate Kevin Huang, Palak Oza and Yena Shin for being named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists! “We are really proud of this exceptional accomplishment,” said Principal Dr. Jennifer Amos. “To score in the top one percent of test takers is truly extraordinary.”

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22, 000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Over 90 percent of Semifinalists advance to Finalist status, and approximately 50 percent of Finalists ultimately are awarded a National Merit Scholarship. To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must submit an essay and scholarship application which includes information about their school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and recognition earned. Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record and be recommended by a high school official.

Congratulations and best of luck to Kevin, Palak and Yena!

Tappan Zee High School's three 2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists