South Orangetown Central School District

Tappan Zee High School senior Kevin Huang has been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship! Superintendent Dr. Robert Pritchard said that he was “inspired and awestruck” by the accomplishment, which “reflects Kevin’s hard work and talent.”

“The prestige of this scholarship is significant,” noted Principal Dr. Jennifer Amos. “Kevin has been an outstanding student worthy of this honor.” Of the more than 1.6 million students who took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, just 7,500 earn a National Merit Scholarship. In addition to a qualifying score and outstanding academic record, finalists are judged on their school and community involvement, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and other recognition earned.

Kevin is headed to Harvard University this fall and plans to study biomedical engineering. He was named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist in March, along with seniors Palak Oza and Yena Shin. “Throughout my years in high school, teachers and friends have taught me to have a love of learning that will continue beyond my time here,” Kevin said. “I’d encourage other students not to be afraid to take a risk and try something new. Keep finding things to learn.”

Congratulations, Kevin!

Student standing under flowering tree with principal