Locust Valley High School announced that students Mary Kate Guma, Tazim Merchant and Andrew Wee have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists based on their exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT.
The College Board bestows this honor upon less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide each year, yet Locust Valley High School has had at least one finalist almost every year for the past several years.
The district announced that Guma, Merchant and Wee had been named semifinalists in the competition earlier this school year. However, advancing to finalist standing is an even bigger achievement. They are among an elite group of only 15,000 finalists nationwide.
The College Board shares the names of students who earn these distinctions with colleges and universities. As finalists, all three students are now eligible to receive scholarships of $10,000 toward their college educations. These scholarships can come from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate sponsors, or the universities the finalists attend.