Three John Jay Students Are Merit Scholarship Finalists

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John Jay High School's National Merit Scholarship finalists Eli Lee (left), Christian Davey and Alex Lee. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Katonah-Lewisboro School District

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – The three John Jay High School students who were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program last fall have advanced to the next level of the competition.

Christian Davey, Alex Lee and Eli Lee have been named finalists in the scholarship program.

They were recognized as semifinalists based on their 2011 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). They were selected as finalists after meeting high academic standards and other requirements outlined by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Finalists are acknowledged for “demonstrating distinguished performance and high potential for future academic accomplishment,” and have the opportunity to compete for one of 8,300 National Merit Scholarships offered in the spring. The awards total more than $32.

Christian is a member of the varsity cross country team and plays goalie for the varsity lacrosse team. He volunteers at the Northern Westchester Community Center and is also an active member of the Lion’s Club.

Alex is captain of the varsity cross country team and participates in track and field. He also works as ski instructor and is a member of the Treblemakers – one of John Jay’s a cappella singing groups – and the JJHS wind ensemble.

Eli, Alex’s brother, is editor of the school newspaper, Focus, as well as the literary magazine, Reflections. He is president of the debate club and a Science Olympiad participant.

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