Pictured from left are Principal Sharon Lasher, guidance counselor Deanna Cali, students Nathan Tynan, Sahill Yadav, Terrance Cameron, Jack Wieboldt; guidance counselor Rebecca Lieberman and Counseling Services Supervisor Sabrina Meehan.
A Stellar Year for
National Merit Honors
Four Oyster Bay High School seniors set a new record for the district and raised the bar on student achievement when they were recognized with honors from the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Senior Sahill Yadav was named a semi-finalist, placing him among 16,000 of the brightest students in the country, and three other students, Terrance Cameron, Nathan Tynan and Jack Wieboldt, were awarded Letters of Commendation in recognition of their high academic promise.
High School students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The test serves as an initial screening of about 1.6 million entrants per year.
As a semi-finalist, Sahill has the opportunity to compete for nearly 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. To advance to the finals, Sahill must submit an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirms his earlier performance on the qualifying test. Finalists are announced in February and winners are selected in the spring.
At the top of his class, Sahill has challenged himself with the most rigorous course load available, consisting of nearly a dozen Advanced Placement (AP) and/or college level courses throughout his high school career. He is a member of several honor societies and among his numerous awards, has won the AP Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction awards for high achievement, the George Washington University Medal in Math and Science and the Oyster Bay High School Triple Oyster Bay Award.
His various accomplishments include winning second place in the Emerging Leaders Business Competition for Entrepreneurship, a regional business competition for his well-researched, five-year plan for a solar panel company. He was also chosen to attend the highly selective American Legion Boys’ State, a week-long program that immerses rising seniors in citizenship and leadership training. He excels athletically and captains the soccer team and the winter and spring track teams. He is also involved in several clubs, including Mock Trial and Mathletes, and is the founder of the Oyster Bay High School’s Environmentalist Club and Coding Club/American Computer Science League.
Commended Students make up 34,000 or more than two-thirds of the 50,000 highest scorers of the exam. While, they do not continue in the competition for scholarships, some of these students may be candidates for special scholarships provided by corporate and business sponsors.
Of the three commended students, Terrance also ranks at the top of his class, took the most rigorous course load available, is a three-season athlete and a leader among his peers. Terrance has been vice president of his class for all four years of high school and is the founder of Friday Friends, a social program for special needs children that has grown from 11 participants to 135 since its inception two years ago. Considered his passion, Terrance was recently recognized by the Board of Education with a certificate for outstanding citizenship. He runs cross country and winter track, and plays lacrosse. Among his numerous honors, Terrance is a member of National Honor Society and earned AP Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction awards for high achievement on AP exams.
Jack has been class president for all four years of high school and president of the Health and Wellness Club his junior and senior year. Also a star on the playing field, he is the captain of the wrestling, football and lacrosse teams, and played the sports throughout his high school career. Among his honors, he received the Renaissance Award, the Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation and Creativity Award worth $28,000 towards tuition, and an Award of Excellence in Social Studies. He was also selected to speak in the Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest. He is a member of National Honor Society as well as Science Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society.
Nathan also challenges himself with a course load of advanced classes. He is involved in Model UN and the Environmentalist Club, and plays piano, recently earning a perfect score through the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). He hopes to start a Debate Team this year.
“Each one of these outstanding students is a model of academic excellence and an exemplary role model for his peers,” said Oyster Bay High School Principal Sharon Lasher. “They are wonderful examples of what can be achieved through rigorous coursework and by taking advantage of the opportunities we have here at Oyster Bay High School.”