LVHS Senior Douglas Edwins has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. He is now eligible to qualify as a National Merit Finalist. Douglas earned this outstanding national recognition from the College Board for his exceptional achievements on the PSAT  in October, 2011. Two students, Emma Gugerty and Theodore Kahn were named National Merit Commended students for their achievement on the same exam.

Based on student achievement and sponsored annually by the College Board, the ability to earn the semifinalist designation is an honor afforded to only one percent of the more than 1.5 million students who achieve the highest scores on the PSATs, which are taken by juniors across the country every year. In addition, the College Board shares the names of the students who earn these distinctions with colleges and universities.   

Advancing to National Merit Finalist status will afford Douglas the opportunity to qualify for more than $36 million in National Merit Scholarships, which will be announced in February, 2013. To be eligible to advance to the finalist stage of the competition, Douglas will be required to submit a detailed scholarship application with information about his academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, honors, and awards.

Theodore and Emma received commended status by placing in the top five percent of those taking the 2012 PSAT. Their accomplishment will be shared with colleges and universities to which they apply.

Locust Valley High School has been proud to be the home to several semifinalists over the past few years. A few of those semifinalists continued on to become finalists and earn scholarships.

Congratulations to Douglas, Emma, and Theodore on their outstanding achievements!