Locust Valley High School seniors Emily Barosin and Jenna Halpin have been named National Merit Scholarship Program finalists, having advanced in the competition after being named semifinalists in September. This is an exceptional accomplishment, as the College Board bestows this honor upon less than 1% of high school seniors nationwide each year.
The College Board shares the names of finalists with colleges and universities, making Emily and Jenna now eligible to receive scholarships of $10,000 toward their college educations. These scholarships can come from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate sponsors or the universities they attend.
Emily is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate, a member of the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society, president of the Model United Nations Club and a member of approximately seven high school organizations ranging from Stage Crew and Cheerleading to the Ethics Bowl, History Bowl and Quiz Bowl. She is also on the track and field team. Emily loves to sing and uses that passion as a member of the high school’s concert chorale.
Emily’s community service activities include teaching Hebrew language skills and values to second graders at her synagogue, where she has also served as co-president of the youth group and assistant to the youth coordinator. She volunteers with her grandfather at a soup kitchen and works part time as a math and Hebrew tutor for regular education and special-needs students.
Jenna takes International Baccalaureate classes and is Back the Blue Club vice president, Athletic Council Concession manager, varsity field hockey captain and founder of the Student Leadership Activities Club. Jenna is also a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society and the high school band. She is on the varsity lacrosse and indoor track teams.
Jenna was selected as a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She was chosen as one of only two representatives from Section VIII and joined a team of 22 high school students from the state’s 11 athletic sections. She was recently recognized with Nassau County Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan’s Kids of Distinction award.
Jenna serves as a volunteer coach for a youth field hockey team and as a volunteer with e-Buddies, a program in which she and others serve as pen pals for developmentally disabled students.
Congratulations to Emily and Jenna on this elite accomplishment!