Distinguished Bronxville High School seniors Jack Kochansky and Anton Tarazi – who are known to seek out a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities – have been named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship competition.
Kochansky and Tarazi are among approximately 16,000 high school students nationwide who were awarded the distinction by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and represent the top 1 percent of students with the highest scores on the qualifying Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They took the qualifying test in 2017 along with 1.6 million other juniors from more than 22,000 high schools nationwide.
“Jack and Anton have distinguished themselves both in and out of the classroom,” Principal Ann Meyer said. “They have challenged themselves with some of the most difficult courses that we offer and have excelled. They are leaders in the classroom and in the school through their participation in a variety of clubs and activities.”
As semifinalists, they are in the running for approximately 7,500 scholarships worth more than $31 million. About 90 percent of the semifinalists will advance to the next round and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. To become a finalist, the students must submit a detailed scholarship application, demonstrate an outstanding academic record, write an essay and earn scores that confirm their earlier performance on the qualifying test.
National Merit Scholarship finalists will be announced in February, while scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.