12 Livingston High School Students are Named National Merit Finalists

Shown standing, from left, the finalists are: Lev M. Botea, Crystal S. Song, Kevin M. Kwok, Grace An, Brian Lee, Grant W. Wu, Gregory H. Vuong, with LHS Principal  Mark Stern. Sitting, from left, Matthew E. Levey, Michelle H. Bao, Nitay Caspi, Helen H. Chen, and Daniel E. Laveman. Credits: LPS

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Twelve Livingston High School seniors have advanced as National Merit Scholarship finalists. The students received certificates and will be considered for National Merit Scholarships offered in 2014.

The students are: Grace An, Michelle H. Bao, Lev M. Botea, Nitay Caspi, Helen H. Chen, Kevin M. Kwok, Daniel E. Laveman, Brian Lee, Matthew E. Levey, Crystal S. Song, Gregory H. Vuong, and Grant W. Wu.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to congratulate these outstanding students and celebrate their movement into the rank of finalist,” said Principal Mark Stern.

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According to the National Merit Scholarship website, the mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC’s scholarship programs are: to promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular; to shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education; and to stimulate increased support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent.

Since its founding, NMSC has recognized 2.9 million students and provided over 377,000 scholarships worth about $1.5 billion. The honors awarded by NMSC to exceptionally able students are viewed as definitive marks of excellence. Recipients of Merit Scholarship® awards, Achievement Scholarship® awards, and corporate-sponsored Special Scholarships have increased the nation's respect for intellectual accomplishments and have contributed significantly to its talent pool of future leaders.

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