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Syosset-Jericho Tribune - Schools

School News: November 14, 2013

Syosset Seniors Named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists

Eleven Syosset High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program for 2014.

Reva Abrol, Leigha Carryl, Austin Chen, Rohit Gupta, Gabriel Korgood, Priyanka Kumar, Misun Lee, Olivia Rosenzqeig, Eric Song, Hyunkee Sung and George Wang have all been recognized with this honor. The students were recognized by the Board of Education at its October 28 meeting.

Semifinalists represent the top one-third, or about 16,000, of approximately 50,000 students who took the PSAT/NMSQT, which has a total of 1.5 million entrants. Students are ranked with a selection index score based on their combined scores in critical reading, writing and math.

Semifinalists can compete to be named finalists and continue in the process to receive corporate and college-sponsored scholarships, as well as the esteemed National Merit Scholarship. Those advancing to the finalist stage will be notified in February.

Syosset Alum Receives Fulbright Award

Robert Sandberg of State University of New York, Binghamton has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Italy in Chemistry, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Sanderg, a 2009 graduate of Syosset High School, is one of more than 1,700 students across the U.S who will travel abroad for the 2013-2014 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

OLM Student Earns Highest Possible ACT Score

Genevieve Halka, a senior at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset has earned the highest possible composite score on the ACT college admission and placement exam. Her achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers earn the top score. Halka, daughter of Diane and Christopher Halka, earned a score of 36. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of more than 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.

Syosset Central Board of Ed Meeting Rescheduled

The special meeting scheduled for Nov. 12 been rescheduled for Nov. 18.

Jericho Student Ranks In Debate

On November 2, the Agape Debate Institute of Manhasset made the trip to the Metro Hudson League debate tournament at Central High School in New Jersey where Chris Chen of Jericho High School ranked in the top 5 in the junior varsity policy Lincoln Douglas division. At this debate, 100 competitors debated from all over the Tri-State area to win the championship trophy.

Syosset Speech & Debate Team Named To Société de 400

Syosset High School’s renowned forensic speech and debate team has been named to the prestigious National Forensic League’s Société de 400, reserved for chapters that awarded 400 or more degrees in the previous year.  These chapters represent 0.5 percent of all chapters nationwide.

Honors & Degrees

Faith Jacobson of Jericho, whose major is Archaeological Studies, was awarded the SUNY Potsdam Freshman Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year for her academic achievements.

Sang H. Lee of Woodbury was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Boston University.

Berry Hill, South Woods Named Reward Schools by NYS

Berry Hill Elementary School and South Woods Middle School have been named New York State Reward Schools for 2013.

Both schools were among 353 other top-performing institutions statewide that were identified by NYS Education Commissioner John King Jr.

Reward Schools have made the most progress or are designated as the state’s highest performing without significant gaps in student achievement.

This is the premier designation for a school in New York State.

Jericho Board of Ed Meeting Scheduled

The Jericho School District will hold a Board of Education meeting at Cantiague Elementary School on November 21 at 7:30 p.m.