CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Three John Jay High School students have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, and one student was named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Both competitions are presented by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and are acknowledgments based on the students’ 2011 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists are Christian Davey, Alex Lee and Eli Lee. They are among 16,000 students in the nation to receive the honor, out of more than 1.5 million who took the PSAT. They now have the opportunity to continue in the competition to earn finalist status.
Each of the National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists is highly involved in other school and community activities.
Davey is a member of the varsity cross country team and, for the second year, plays goalie for the varsity lacrosse team. He volunteers at the Northern Westchester Community Center and also is an active member of the Lion’s Club.
Alex Lee is captain of the varsity cross country team, participates in track and field, and works as a ski instructor. He sings with the “Treblemakers” and is a member of the high school's wind ensemble.
His brother, Eli, is the editor of the school newspaper, Focus, as well as the literary magazine, Reflections. He also is president of the Debate Club and a Science Olympiad participant.
Senior Will King was named one of 1,600 semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s National Achievement Scholarship Program, which was established to provide recognition for black students who earn top scores on the PSAT. King is among the highest-scoring entrants in the region and, like the National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists, could move up to the finalist level in 2013. He is enthusiastic about music and plays the guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. He plans to continue his musical endeavors.