South Orangetown Central School District

Congratulations to Tappan Zee High School Salutatorian Hannah Ahn, who was named a 2020 United States Presidential Scholar semifinalist, one of the highest national honors for high school students! Of the 5,600 students nationwide identified as candidates, just 621 were selected as semifinalists.

“To be recognized as a semifinalist in this prestigious and highly competitive program is such an honor for Hannah and for Tappan Zee High School,” TZHS Principal Rudy Arietta noted. “While we all know how special Hannah is, it’s awesome that her efforts have been recognized and that she is being honored as one of the most impressive young people across the nation.”

The selection of the vast majority of candidates for the prestigious U.S. Department of Education program is based on SAT and ACT scores. Application is invitation-only; students may not apply and schools may not nominate candidates.

“I was honored just to qualify for the program, so to finish as a semifinalist was such a great surprise!” said Ahn, who has committed to Harvard University. She plans to study Chemical Physics.

Hannah Ahn