The National Merit Scholarship Program has just announced Finalist status to Tappan Zee High School seniors Carolyn Qian and Christopher Lovrin. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
All winners of Merit Scholarships are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments–without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the Finalist’s own essay.
Scholarship winners will be announced later this year.
Carolyn Qian has taken and excelled in the most difficult courses available to her in high school. She is a dancer, musician, member of many honor societies, Captain of the tennis team, a peer tutor and donates many hours to doing community service. Carolyn is a dedicated member of S.O.A.C, and in a few months will be a fully certified EMT. Carolyn will attend a competitive university next year, where she will study medicine.
Christopher is a bright and caring young man who spends much of his free time either engaged in musical competitions, tutoring or leadership roles in school. His intended major in college is Chemical Engineering. He is the vice president of the Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta) and a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies. He is a brilliant musician; principal cellist at the Rockland Conservatory of Music and a member of the Tappan Zee High school orchestra since the ninth grade. He enjoys tutoring math and science and is also involved in the Peer Leadership program at Tappan Zee where he is a mentor for freshman students. Christopher is an experienced sailor and also a member of the Nyack River Rowing club.