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Three John Jay Students Named National Merit Finalists

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

After being recognized as semifinalists last fall, Elliya Cutler, Melissa Grossbarth, and Jeremy Sabath were selected as finalists based on evaluations of information such as their academic records, the school’s curricula and grading system, test scores, written recommendations, participation in activities and leadership, and essays.

The three students were originally named semifinalists based on results of their PSATs, which serve as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. As finalists, the three are among approximately 15,000 students throughout the nation who are now eligible for scholarship awards.

In March, the National Merit Scholarship Program, which has been recognizing students for academic success since 1955, will notify approximately 8,300 finalists if they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award.

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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