Two National Merit Semifinalists Announced

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Valley Stream Central High School seniors Aleena Abraham and Johan Mercedes have each earned the prominent National Merit Semifinalist distinction in the National Merit Scholarship Program. This recognition is bestowed based on students’ Preliminary SAT results and indicates that they are among the highest scorers in their respective state. 

Aleena and Johan are part of a group of 16,000 semifinalists that were identified nationwide out of approximately 1.6 million that took the test. Both are motivated, dedicated students with bright futures ahead. Aleena participates in Central’s Future Business Leaders of America and won a first-place award in the state competition last year. She is also a Science Research student and part of the 2017 and 2018 Northwell Health Spark! Challenge winning team. She is a member of the National Honor Society as well as other honor societies, takes five Advanced Placement classes this year and plans to pursue studies in the medical field. Johan is also a National Honor Society member and is currently enrolled in four AP classes. He hopes to study political science at Columbia University.