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OBHS Senior is a National Merit Finalist


Gisele with staff

National Merit Finalist Gisele Lachman with, from left, Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher, school counselor Ms. Rebecca Lieberman and Counseling Services Supervisor Ms. Sabrina Meehan.


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


Gisele is one of 15,000 finalists in the running for one of three types of National Merit Scholarships: a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, a corporate-sponsored award or a college-sponsored award. Of the 15,000 finalists, about 7,600 scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.


Gisele was selected as a National Merit Finalist based on criteria that began with her outstanding scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Other factors included her stellar academic record, her participation in school and community activities, her leadership abilities and the honors and awards she received during all four years of high school. She 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.  


Gisele is a highly motivated student with a strong interest in impact investing, finance, economics and business management. An Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Distinction, she challenges herself with a rigorous course load and has earned honors in numerous subject areas. She continues to challenge her intellectual curiosity during the summer by participating 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.


“Gisele is an exceptionally talented and well-rounded student who serves as an excellent role model for her class,” said Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher. “We are so proud that she represents Oyster Bay High School as a finalist and wish her luck as she advances to the final round of this prestigious competition.”