OBHS Seniors earn honors in National Merit Scholarship Program
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To advance to the finals, Thomas is required to submit his outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm his earlier performance on the PSAT/NMQT. Finalists are announced in February and winners are selected in the spring.
A top student in his class, Thomas will have completed almost every Advanced Placement (AP) and/or college level course upon graduation, including AP European History for which he self-studied and received a score of 4 out of 5. Among his many accomplishments, he was awarded the Rensselaer Medal from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a $100,000 scholarship opportunity presented to promising students who excel in mathematics and science. As a bassoonist in Wind Ensemble, he had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie hall last year and prides himself on making his own bassoon reeds and experimenting with acoustics. As a pianist, he received a score of 100 on his piano level 6 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) solo two years in a row, and came in first place for playing the piano in the Oyster Bay Council of the Arts Talent Show. He was also the recipient of the Semper Fedelis Award for Musical Excellence from the United States Marines Youth Foundation. He is involved with the Robotics Team and Model UN, and is a member of National Honor Society, as well as honor societies for math, foreign language and social studies.
Outside of school, Thomas is finishing up his Eagle Scout project, consisting of constructing a series of carnival games for an event to support Peer Pals, a not-for-profit in Oyster Bay that matches preschool age children with disabilities with typically developing children in the community for one on one play dates. He also works as an intern at Walden Associates, an environmental engineering firm in Oyster Bay, and hopes to study engineering and acoustics in college.
Commended Students make up 34,000 or more than two-thirds of the 50,000 highest scorers. 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.
Jason Hom, who took a course load of the same rigor as Thomas, is the class of 2019 valedictorian, and will graduate with a 114.32 grade-point average, the highest ever attained by an Oyster Bay High School student.
Pictured are National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist Thomas Coor, third from left, and National Merit Commended Students Rachel Sabatello and Jason Hom with, school counselor Ms. Deanna Cali, Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher and Counseling Services Supervisor Ms. Sabrina Meehan.
Last year he set another milestone for the District when he took second place in his group at the 2018 Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University. Jason presented his research on the “Trachtenberg Speed System of Mathematics,” a quick method of calculating mathematical problems. Jason is the President of Student Council and of the Coding Club. He is in National Honor Society, and various department honor societies, and tutors students mainly in math, science and computer science.
Rachel Sabatello excels both academically and athletically. She has taken the initiative on her own to do research on tumor development, which has put her ahead of the curve in her AP Research course, and has honed her interests in science by participating in DNA Learning Center Summer Camps and volunteering at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery. She is a member of National Honor Society, as well as honor societies for science, math and social studies, and tutors others in various subjects. She also excels in English/language arts and was a winner in the Nassau Reading Council Young Authors’ Contest in 2016. Athletically, Rachel played varsity softball for three years, and for two of those years the team won county championships. She also plays varsity volleyball.
“We congratulate these exemplary students on their outstanding achievements,” said Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher. “They are true examples of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication, and by taking advantage of the many opportunities at Oyster Bay High School.”