Three North HS Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Valley Stream North High School seniors Joseph D’Elia, Michael Schwartz and Matthew Wang have been identified as National Merit Commended Students, an honor bestowed annually upon students who achieve exceptional scores on the PSAT. All three students are outstanding scholars who participate in a broad range of activities.

Joseph is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and student council. He is skilled both musically and athletically and contributes to various school groups. Among them are the jazz band, for which he plays baritone horn, and the varsity cross-country and track teams.

Michael is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, as well as the varsity football and track teams. In addition to his school involvement, he runs a landscape design company that specializes in ski park terrain features. The business venture was his idea and has developed successfully.

Matthew is a National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society and Italian Honor Society student. He also belongs to the Tri-M Music Honor Society and plays euphonium in the jazz band. He performed in the highly selective All-State festival of the NYSSMA Winter Conference last year and has participated in the community band. He also tutors younger peers.

The Commended Student distinction is part of the National Merit Scholarship Program, which approximately 1.5 million students enter each year when they take the Preliminary SAT. Joseph, Michael and Matthew are among roughly 34,000 students across the country to have received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their academic promise.