Yeshiva of Far Rockaway Students Are Semi-Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program


yofr-smallRabbi Eli Goldgrab, general studies principal at Yeshiva of Far Rockaway, has announced that the yeshiva has four students who have made semi-finalist status in the National Merit Scholarship program. Over 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, included the highest scoring entrants in the country.

Approximately 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level and it is from this group that all National Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

yofrThe National Merit Scholarship Corporation will release the names of the semi-finalists to the media this coming week. The semifinalist list is broken down by state and county and, based on these numbers, the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway has the most semi-finalists in the Far Rockaway-Five Towns area. This includes yeshiva high schools as well as public high schools.

The semi-finalists are Yitzchak Fried, Shimon Goodman, Yisroel Kiffel and Adam Ofman.

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