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National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners

 Yearbook photos of Alice Liu, Lauren Yu, and Bradley He.

Three seniors from the Great Neck Public Schools have been named National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). Congratulations to Alice Liu and Lauren Yu of North High and Bradley He of South High on earning this national recognition.

A total of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 16,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. “National Merit Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies,” according to the organization.

Alice, Lauren, and Bradley were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on the following criteria: academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the student; and a recommendation written by their high school principal.

The National Merit Scholarship Program includes several rounds of evaluation. The first round recognizes high school seniors as Commended Students based on their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Less than one percent of the highest-scoring entrants in each state advance as Semifinalists in September, followed by the announcement of Finalists in February.

This year, the Great Neck Public Schools had 49 Commended Students, 29 Semifinalists, 28 Finalists, and three National Merit $2,5000 Scholarship winners.