The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing.
The Kings Park School District is excited to announce that seniors Anjali Verma and Kenneth He have advanced to the Finalist standing! Congratulations to these extraordinary students.
(Standing L to R – Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent, Anjali Verma, Kenneth He, Mr. Lino Bracco-KPHS Principal)