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Three John Jay Seniors Merit Scholarship Finalists

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Three John Jay High School seniors have been named semi-finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition.

Seniors Elliya Cutler, Melissa Grossbarth, and Jeremy Sabath were selected as semifinalists in the prestigious competition based on their outstanding results on the 2010 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

As semifinalists, both students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for one of approximately 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards, worth more than $34 million, to be offered next spring.

Approximately 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools around the country entered the 2012 Merit Program by taking the 2010 PSAT/NMSQT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of the state’s seniors.

Additionally, 11 John Jay High School students were named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Carolee Finney, Emily Foster, Dayle LaPolla, Jonathan Li, John Mason, Michael Pardo, Stephanie Riocci, Michael Rosenthal, Danielle Schoen, Rachel Sweeney, and Matthew Waldman were recognized for their academic promise.

“I know I speak on behalf of the entire John Jay High School community in wishing our students congratulations and best wishes for continued success, said John Jay High School Principal Ellen Doherty. “These are exceptional young people in whom we have tremendous faith and pride.”

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