FAIR LAWN, NJ – Fair Lawn High School announced 13 of its seniors, Class of 2020, have been recognized for outstanding achievement in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

“We are proud of our students and their academic achievements committed both in and outside the classroom. We look forward to their bright and accomplished futures,” Principal Paul Gorski said. “The best news of all is that FLHS has two more Semifinalists than we did last school year and our total of 13 National Merit Scholars is one more than we had last year!”

Seniors Max Garval, Jordan Mach, and Anna Shamis will continue on as semifinalists in the 65th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Those three make up 16,000 students in the country to be so recognized. They will now be considered for one of the 7,600 scholarships to be awarded next spring, totaling more than $31 million nationwide. 

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Ten students earned accolades as Commended students. They scored within the top 50,000 of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

Commended students are Bheemesh Bommireddy, Samantha Fox, Jacqueline Giz, Christine Kim, Nivedita Kinatukara, Kenneth Niemiec, Malina Pavlova, Marina Tawfeles, Rebecca Toothman, and Drusilla Zheng. 

Photo #1: (From L, 1st Row): Commended students: Christine Kim, Nivedita Kinatukara, Drusilla Zheng, Rebecca Toothman; (From L, 2nd Row): Commended Scholars: Marina Tawfeles, Kenneth Niemiec, Malina Pavlova, Jacqueline Giz, Bheemesh Bommireddy 

Photo #2: (From L): Counselor Michael Maio, Samantha Fox (Commended student), FLHS Principal Paul Gorski 

Photo #3: (From L): Counselor Michael Bacs, Jordan Mach (FLHS National Merit Semifinalist), Counselor Kara Po- padics, Anna Shamis and Max Garval (FLHS National Merit Semifinalists), Counselor Michael Maio, and FLHS Principal Paul Gorski.