A total of forty-two students in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Competition, also known as NMSC. The student semifinalists are among 16,000 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.
John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School semifinalists are Ryan Cho, Benjamin Feingold, Joshua Rafaeil, Jonathan Sanders, Adrian Shiu, Melvin Thu, Xiongningfan Wang, Jayden Wen, Ningfeng Xiong, Nicole Yeroushalmi, and Sue Zhang.
William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School semifinalists are Trevor Boshnack, Kirin Chan, Ivan Chiang, Emilia Chiu, Qihe Cui, Nathan Gaysynsky, Jacqueline Han, Kelly Hon, Albert Hu, Luke Huang, Erica Jiang, Brandon Kim, Joanne Lee, Elizabeth Levine, Dana Li, Serena Li, Lillian Lin, Victoria Lin, Brian Liu, Kaitlyn Liu, Michelle Luo, Kira Nguyen, Christopher Qu, Myra Saeed, Helen Tang, Aman Thawani, Jill Wang, Ashley Wei, Ethan Wu, Maggie Wu, and Alexander Xu.
Semifinalists, who represent less than one percent of seniors in the country, will stand out to colleges and universities when applying since the identification stays with them, increasing their educational opportunities.
Semifinalists are invited to complete a detailed scholarship application and provide academic and leadership credentials to be considered as a finalist in the competition. About 15,000 students will be announced as finalists in Feb. 2024. Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen from among the finalists to receive one or more Merit Scholarship Awards.