He's a National Merit Finalist & News 12 Scholar Athlete!
Oyster Bay High School senior Sahill Yadav raised the bar on student achievement when he received back-to-back honors that recognize him as one of the most promising students in the country.
Sahill, who is class valedictorian and has a 4.0 grade-point-average, was named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, an accomplishment that places him among an elite group of students positioned for the chance to win one of 8,300 scholarships worth more than $32 million. Of the 15,000 National Merit finalists, 7,500 scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.
While the honor is exceptional on its own, Sahill’s talents were doubly recognized when he was selected as a News 12 Scholar-Athlete for high academic achievement and athleticism in soccer and track. Sahill was featured on News 12 and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
"I am extremely honored and thrilled to be a National Merit Finalist and a News12 Scholar-Athlete,” Sahill said. “I’m thankful for having such great parents, teachers, and coaches willing to support me in all of my endeavors, and I have always tried to perform to the best of my abilities. I’m ecstatic for receiving these honors and will always cherish them."
Sahill was selected as a National Merit Finalist based on criteria that began with his outstanding scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Other factors included his stellar academic record, his participation in school and community activities, his leadership abilities and the honors and awards he received during all four years of high school. He also had to be recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm his earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Among Sahill’s numerous accomplishments, he won 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 is a week-long program that immerses rising seniors in citizenship and leadership training. As captain of the soccer team and the winter and spring track teams, he excels athletically, earning All-Conference in soccer and in the triple and long jump.
Pictured with a $1,000 scholarship is New12 Scholar-Athlete Sahill Yadav, and from left, Athletic Director Mr. Kevin Trentowski, Mr. Robert Suarez of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, track coach Mr. Paul Weber and Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher.
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Sahill is congratulated by Principal Ms. Lasher and school counselor Ms. Rebecca Lieberman for becoming a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
He is a member of National Honor Society and among his awards, has won the AP Scholar award and the AP Scholar award with Distinction. Upon graduation, Sahill will have completed about a dozen Advanced Placement (AP) and/or college level courses.
“Sahill is the epitome of excellence,” said Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher. “Not only is he an exceptionally high achieving student, he serves his school and community, is a three-season athlete and has a genuine, warm personality. He is truly a role model for all his classmates to emulate and I am sure that he will accomplish great things in the future.”
Athletic Director Mr. Kevin Trentowski added, “Sahill has been an extremely hard working student athlete since he entered Oyster Bay High School. Being selected as a News 12 Scholar-Athlete is one of the most prestigious honors he can receive and it is one that he truly deserves. As this year’s valedictorian, he continually displays the ability to balance his very hectic schedule in which he has so many commitments. The Oyster Bay Athletic Department has a lot to be proud of and we share in Sahill’s excitement over receiving this award.”