Twenty-nine students in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC).
South High’s Semifinalists are: Yuna Ahn, Ryan Cho, Lukas Gandras, Kevin Gao, Bradley He, Brandon Huang, Ethan Jiang, Juny Kim, Kathryn Lee, Rini Lee, Albert Li, Zhu Liu, Grace Luo, David Mo, Daniel Moon, Elliot Shi, Nicholas Su, Nicholas Tung, David Wang, Mia Wang, and Anthony Zhan.
These Semifinalists are among the 16,000 named nationwide, having scored among the highest in New York State on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which they took last year.
The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. These Semifinalists, who represent less than one percent of seniors in the country, will be identified to colleges and universities in order to increase their educational opportunities.
Most Semifinalists will go on to achieve Finalist status in early 2021. Merit Scholarship Winners will be chosen from among the Finalists to receive one or more Merit Scholarship Awards. Awards include: National Merit $2,500 (single-payment scholarships), corporate-sponsored (one-time or renewable four-year awards), and college/university-sponsored (renewable for up to four years). Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC and by some 400 business organizations and higher education institutions.