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OBHS Senior Thomas Coor is a National Merit Finalist

Oyster Bay High School senior Thomas Coor was named a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, placing him among the top one percent of the nation’s brightest and most promising students.


As a Finalist, Thomas is in the running 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.


Thomas 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.  


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, and was recently the only member of his class to advance to the second round of the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) where he won Honorable Mention for his research project on The Harmonics of Double Reed Systems.


As a bassoonist in Wind Ensemble, he performed at Carnegie Hall last year and before Billy Joel this school year during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the high school new music wing. He 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.


Thomas works as an intern at Walden Associates, an environmental engineering firm in Oyster Bay, and plans to study engineering and acoustics at the highly selective Cooper Union in New York City next fall.


“Thomas is an exceptionally high achieving student who is always willing to serve his school and community,” said Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher. “He is an excellent role model for his peers and I am excited about what he will accomplish in the future.”

thomas Coor with National Merit Finalist award

National Merit Finalist Thomas Coor with, from left, school counselor Ms. Deanna Cali, Counseling Services Supervisor Ms. Sabrina Meehan, Assistant Principal Dr. Peter Rufa and Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher.