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18 White Plains Students Honored In National Merit Scholarship Program

Eighteen White Plains students were honored.
Eighteen White Plains students were honored. Photo Credit: File photo

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A total of 18 White Plains students were honored in the 2015-16 National Merit Scholarship Competition, which honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

White Plains High School seniors Michael Ainsworth, Jacob Brady, Justin George and Sinead Hunt were named semifinalists.

Approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named nationally – less than 1 percent of U. S. high school seniors – who will continue in the competition to advance to finalist level and compete for about 7,400 scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Commended students in the competition are Meredith Abato, Joan Gomez-Aguilar, Lucia Iannone, Jennifer Jasne, Max Kratzok, Isabelle Levine, Charlotte Mead, Rose Reiken, Esther Ritchin, Jared Roseman, Sarah Samaranayake and Aneri Suthar.

They placed in the top five percent of students who entered the competition.

Joan Gomez-Aguilar, Lucia Iannone, David Rosas, Sarah Samaranayake and Caroline Wisell were named scholars in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Program to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

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