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Three Smithtown CSD Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

L to R: East’s Lilly Chai, West's Aaquib Syed and East's Angelina Lent. thumbnail197582
L to R: East’s Lilly Chai, West's Aaquib Syed and East's Angelina Lent.

The Smithtown Central School District is well-represented among semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

High School East’s Lilly Chai and Angelina Lent and High School West’s Aaquib Syed all earned that recognition on Wednesday.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

“I’m glad that hard work pays off,” said Lent, who plans to attend Stony Brook University, where she will play women’s soccer. “I’m just really excited to see that I was a semifinalist.”