For the second year in a row, Locust Valley High School has two students named as National Merit Scholarship Finalists by the College Board based on their exceptional performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Tests (PSAT). High School Seniors Mary Leah Milnes and Emma deBeer Charno have achieved an honor bestowed upon less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide.

The PSAT was taken by 1.5 million high school juniors in 2009. Of those students, Mary Leah and Emma were among only 16,000 to be designated as semifinalists and are now in an even more elite group of finalists made up of less than one percent of all the students taking the PSAT.

The College Board shares the names of students who earn these distinctions with colleges and universities. As finalists, Mary Leah and  Emma are now eligible to receive scholarships of $10,000 towards their college educations. These scholarships can come from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate sponsors, or the universities the finalists attend.

Locust Valley High School also had seven National Merit Scholarship Commended Honorees, including Mary Leah and Emma. The other five are Melissa Bales, Hollace Francy, Alexander Hochberg, Allison Huysman, and Adam Parente.