OBHS Students are National Merit Scholars
Pictured with National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist Gisele Lachman, center, are, from left, Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher, and Commended Scholars Matthew Murphy, Timothy Kelly and Morgan Brady.
Four Oyster Bay High School seniors earned honors in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Oyster Bay High School senior Gisele Lachman was named a semi-finalist and Morgan Brady, Timothy Kelly and Matthew Murphy were awarded Letters of Commendation for their performance on the preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
As a semi-finalist, Gisele is among 16,000 of the brightest students in the nation who has the opportunity to compete for nearly 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. To advance to the finals, Gisele must submit her outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm her earlier performance on the PSAT/NMQT. Finalists are announced in February and winners are selected in the spring.
Gisele, an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Distinction, challenges herself with a rigorous course load and has earned honors in numerous subject areas. Her intellectual curiosity continues during the summer when she participates in college enrichment programs. She took courses in business management, criminal psychology, and chemistry at Yale University. She also participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation at Yale University where her team took second place overall in the Create a Business Start Up category. This past summer she studied economics at Harvard College Summer School Program. A leader in her school, she served as Class of 2020 Student Council President for three years. On the field, she runs varsity cross country and as a sophomore was a Class C State Qualifier. She has also participated in varsity winter and spring track and field. Gisele has been an active member of Interact Club all four years of high school. She also participated in International Club, Birthday Wishes Club and Mathletes. She has been a member of St. Dominic’s Church Club 4:12 throughout high school and is a member of its Youth Leaders Board. She has also served as a retreat coordinator and presenter.
While Commended Scholars make up 34,000 or more than two-thirds of the 50,000 highest scorers, they do not continue in the competition for scholarships. However, some of these students may be candidates for special scholarships provided by corporate and business sponsors.
In addition to their challenging course loads and an abundance of academic honors, Oyster Bay’s Commended Scholars are complementing their high school experience through a variety of opportunities.
Matthew Murphy is a leader in many respects. He is captain of the varsity fencing team, captain of the varsity cross country team, and vice president of Model UN, and has been participating in all three throughout his high school career. He also holds office in the science and social studies honor societies. Matthew is a certified lifeguard and spends his summers lifeguarding. He also has advanced certification in scuba diving and certification in First Aid, CPR, AED and as a First Responder.
Timothy Kelly also excels on the playing field as well as the classroom. He is captain of the varsity football team and is in his fourth year on the team, and plays varsity baseball. He was named a Scholar-Athlete by the New York State High School Athletic Association all four years of high school. Timothy is a member of Model UN Club, International Club and Oyster Bay 7-on-7 Football Club. He enjoys speaking French and is in his second year serving as a French Language Class Assistant. He also serves as Induction Ceremony Chairperson for the Foreign Language Honor Society.
Morgan Brady is vice president of the Sexuality and Gender Awareness (SAGA) Club and has been a member for all four years of high school. He co-founded and served as vice president of the Gaming and Chess Club. He has been is a member of Model UN and an actor in the high school’s fall drama for the past two years. He also competed on the varsity fencing team, was a member of Boy Scout Troop 253 and participated in Coding Club.
“We are proud of these exemplary students and congratulate them on their outstanding achievements,” said Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher. “They are testaments to what can be achieved through hard work and dedication, and by taking advantage of the many opportunities at Oyster Bay High School.”