Return to Headlines

Seven Herricks HS students named National Merit Finalists

All seven Herricks High School seniors that were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists this past fall have advanced to earn Finalist titles in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This distinction, presented by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, honors students for their academic success.

Alan Chen, Nora Koe, Jake Lei, Nihar Shah, Natalie Tan, Nita Wong and Kelly Yu earned the semifinalist recognition based on their Preliminary SAT scores. They are among approximately 16,000 students who moved on to be named Finalists by meeting high academic standards and other rigorous requirements. More than one million students enter the competition each year when they take the PSAT.

The Herricks Finalists are all involved in a variety of programs and opportunities in and outside of school. Alan participates in National Honor Society, Science Olympiads, Mathletes and Science Research and is a national finalist for History Day. Nora is co-president and co-founder of the Girls in STEM club, co-captain of the girls varsity swim team, plays the violin in Chamber Orchestra and is a National Honor Society participant. Nihar serves as DECA competition vice president, is a Siemens Competition semifinalist and a Dance Theatre Club and National Honor Society participant.

Natalie is co-president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and is also a Siemens Competition semifinalist as well as a National Honor Society member. Nita is involved in National Honor Society, plays the piano and teaches Chinese school. Kelly serves as co-president of the Asian American Culture Club, participates in National Honor Society and was selected to the All-National Symphony Orchestra for violin.