Senior Named National Merit Finalist

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Sabrina Qi, a senior at Harborfields High School, was named a finalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). Qi placed among the top one percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the finalist group based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. NMSC selectors evaluate students on a variety highly competitive criteria, including the finalist’s academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership and the finalist's own essay.

In his congratulatory letter to Qi, Principal Dr. Rory Manning said, “It is a prestigious honor for any student to be designated as a finalist, but I also know, Sabrina, that this honor is the result of many years of hard work, dedication and commitment on your part to your academic studies.”

Along with her academic commitments, Qi dances with the Lynch School of Ballet in Huntington. Since the age of 3, she has dedicated her time to perfecting her talent and plans to continue dancing as an extra curricular activity in college. In her school community, she is a member of the science research club and presents her research at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Qi is in the process of applying to a number of elite colleges with aspirations of majoring in human biology on the path of becoming a doctor and minoring in art.

The district extends its congratulations on receiving this prestigious recognition!