Locust Valley High School is proud to announce that for the first time ever, two students have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists by the College Board based on their exceptional performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Tests (PSAT). High School Seniors Corrine Hastings and Eric Padilla 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 2008. Of those students, Corrine and Eric were among only 16,000 to be designated as semifinalists and are now in an even more elite group of finalists made up of 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, Corrine and Eric 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. Some colleges and universities such as C.W. Post and Fordham give National Merit Finalists a full scholarship.

Locust Valley High School also had nine National Merit Scholarship Commended Honorees, including Corrine and Eric. The other seven are Eerik Helmik, Casey Hochberg, Alessandra Sorrento, Cristina Sorrento, Alexander Spear, Daniel Ventresca, and Cecilia Wachter.