Two seniors from General Douglas MacArthur High School in the Levittown Public Schools recently qualified as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Jared Schwartz and Helen Zhang will continue on in the competition with the hopes of receiving one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million offered this spring.
Both Schwartz and Zhang are among 15,000 of the 16,000 semifinalists in the competition to receive the finalist title. To become a finalist, the seniors submitted a detailed scholarship application, providing information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, their leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards that they have received.
All finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships. The Merit Scholars are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
“It has been an honor to have witnessed both Helen and Jared develop into high quality students and community members,” said Principal Joseph Sheehan. “There is no doubt that whatever career path they choose they will be enormously successful. I am very proud of them”