First Week of School is Marked by 12 Livingston Seniors Being Recognized as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists


LIVINGSTON, NJ - Twelve Livingston High School seniors are among the semifinalists who have been named in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, which is run by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization established in 1955.

LHS Principal Mark Stern recognized semifinalists, 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, on September 13, with a special announcement.

“This is the most semifinalists we’ve had in a few years,” he said. “Congratulating each of you is a fine end to the first week of school.”

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Stern added, “These LHS students represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and we are proud of their efforts to reach this prestigious achievement.”

National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are selected based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in the fall of their junior year. About 1.5 million juniors, in more than 22,000 high schools, took the exam.

The twelve LHS semifinalists are among the 16,000 students named nationally. About 90 percent of the students are expected to advance as finalists and be eligible for approximately 8,000 scholarships awarded nationally. The scholarships are underwritten by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and around 440 other business and colleges.

“These students have challenged themselves with a rigorous academic program and their efforts have earned them national level recognition,” said Director of Guidance Tina Renga.

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