Four Named National Merit Semifinalists

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The District was proud to learn that four seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The district congratulates Emma Passariello of W.T. Clarke High School and East Meadow High School students Viashnavi Adupa, Alyssa Fong and Alexa Wiencek.

The four are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists who qualified following last year’s PSAT/NMSQT test. All students will now contend for finalist titles with the prospect of eventually earning one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. 

Emma is hoping to attend the Webb Institute while exploring a career in engineering next fall. At W.T. Clarke, she is a two-year secretary for the Key Club while also being an active member of the robotics and quiz bowl teams. She is also a member of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center where she helps teach younger children about fire and water safety as well as distracted driving safety for teenagers.

A member of the East Meadow swim team, Alexa is also a member of the color guard for the marching band and a member of the theatre guild and numerous honor societies. She aspires to major in engineering next fall with the goal of attending MIT.

Viashnavi is preparing for a career in medicine as she explores potential majors and colleges. At East Meadow, she is a member of the key club and cultural club and also performs in the annual culture show. 

Alyssa is the president of the math honor society at East Meadow in addition to being a member of the ethnic awareness club and world hunger action club. She also assists with the school drama productions by working with the tech crew. She currently plans to study molecular anthropology in college.

Over 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalists standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. Winners will be announced this spring.