East Student Honored as National Merit Scholar

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High School East senior Ian Winkeler has been named a 2019 National Merit Scholar. He is among the 2,500 winners of the 2019 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. The winners were selected from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists.

Ian is a member of the National, Math, English and Tri-M honor societies. He also plays the alto saxophone in the school’s jazz ensemble. Winkeler is a member of the Quiz Bowl team and plays both volleyball and tennis. Outside of school, he is a certified EMT and a volunteer with the Nissequogue Fire Department. Ian will be attending Stony Brook University in the fall, majoring in biochemistry. 

National Merit winners are judged based on their accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college courses. The judges evaluate grades, difficulty of courses, standardized test scores, contributions and leadership both in school and in the community, an essay and a recommendation from a high school official. 

The merit scholarship program was created in 1955. Students in grades nine through 12 vie for academic recognition and financial support. About 1.6 million students take the qualifying test every year and about 50,000 of the highest scorers have the chance to be considered.

“Ian exemplifies the best and brightest our school has to offer,” said High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons. “He is hard working, diligent and courteous. He is a role model both in the classroom and on the athletic field. He will be a fine asset to Stony Brook University next fall.”