Three representatives from the Levittown School District were named finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program on Wednesday.
Division Avenue’s Garret Leotta and MacArthur’s Jordan Fisher and Lauren Saunders received the honor from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Their names were announced by Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane at Wednesday night’s board meeting.
The three students are among 15,000 high school students nationwide to be selected as finalists, according to the National Merit Scholarship website. 8,300 of the finalists will be selected for one of three types of scholarships (National Merit scholarship, corporate-sponsored scholarship and college-sponsored scholarship). Those winners are announced between March and mid-June.
The three finalists were not the only students honored at Wednesday’s board meeting. Intel semifinalists Melissa Slyper and Jacklyn Sullivan were presented with plaques by the school board. The two were named semifinalists in January. Sullivan was also acknowledged for finishing as a semifinalist in the Coca-Cola Scholar Program. Patch profiled both of the semifinalists’ projects last month.
Research teachers Matthew Zausin and Daniel Friedman were also in attendance. Friedman praised his students’ worth ethic, describing how they put “hours and hours” into their work.
“Unlike many of the students that were selected as semifinalists, they did their work at school and at home,” he said. “They weren’t working in a university lab. To me, that puts a lot more into what they did.”