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Five Irvington Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Semifinalists (from left): Evan Pickar, Clara Montgomery, Ryan Meng-Killeen, Zoe Mermelstein and Max Kerner have qualified as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Semifinalists (from left): Evan Pickar, Clara Montgomery, Ryan Meng-Killeen, Zoe Mermelstein and Max Kerner have qualified as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Photo Credit: Irvington Union Free School District

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Five seniors at Irvington High School have qualified as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program, according to the school district.

The students – Max Kerner, Ryan Meng-Killeen, Zoe Mermelstein, Clara Montgomery and Evan Pickar – are among 16,000 high school students across the country who earned distinction by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., while showing “outstanding academic talent,” according to Irvington officials.

The students represent the top 1 percent of students from across the country, according to the district, which noted that the students have among the highest scores on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Kerner, Meng-Killeen, Mermelstein, Montgomery and Pickar took the test in 2015 along with 1.6 million junior students from 22,000 high schools in the United States. Those students are currently competing for 7,500 scholarships worth more than 33 million, according to the school district.

According to the district, 10 other Irvington seniors were recognized as Commended Students, including Stephanie Ades, Dorian Barber, Bradley Goldsmith, Remy Mermelstein, Scott Mitchell, Dillon Palmieri, Jordan Schwed, Gabriel Siegel, Kieran Sullivan and Max Ziluck.

These students ranked among 34,000 others to receive the designation, according to the district.

"Being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is an incredible honor and demonstrates tremendous dedication by so many Irvington High School seniors,” said Principal David Cohen. “We are very impressed by their accomplishments.”

National Merit Scholarship finalists will be announced in February. Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

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