Four Rye Neck High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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Four distinguished Rye Neck High School seniors – Olivia Dunne, Allie Liebmann, John Masciopinto and Bennett Taylor – were selected as finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program competition. 

“We congratulate Bennett, Jack, Olivia and Allie for being designated National Merit Scholarship finalists,” Principal Tina Wilson said. “This is a tremendous honor for these students and their families. We wish them success as they move into the scholarship phase.”

The four students, who have shown outstanding academic talent, entered the competition along with approximately 1.6 million students nationwide by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors in 2016. Students with the highest scores were chosen to advance to the semifinals and required to submit a detailed scholarship application, demonstrate an outstanding academic record, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirmed their high performance on the qualifying test.  

The pool was further narrowed down to 15,000 finalists, who remain in the competition for 7,500 prestigious scholarships. 

National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.