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Nick Tardugno is a National Merit Finalist!

Oyster Bay High School senior Nicholas Tardugno 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. Nick 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.


Nick was selected as a National Merit Finalist based on criteria that began with his outstanding score 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 his high school career. 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.


An Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Distinction, Nick challenges himself with a rigorous course load and is on track to earn the AP Capstone Diploma, the highest diploma a student can earn in high school. He has received numerous academic honors including a Bausch and Lomb Science Award, Excellence in Mathematics and Excellence in Science. As a Boy Scout, he was named Honor Camper at Onteora Scout Reservation two years in a row. A star in the classroom and on the track, Nick was All-County in Cross Country and Winter Track in 10th and 11th grade, and has been captain of both teams. Considered an outstanding leader and an extremely hard worker, Nick has held the title of Cross Country MVP for the past two years. Nick earned Cross Country All-Conference in 9th grade, Spring Track All-Division in 10th grade, and has been a Cross Country State Qualifier for three consecutive years.


Nick has been a member of Club 4:12, a religious club, for the past three years. He also participated in several community service projects, such as decorating pumpkins and making gift bags for children at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital and making heart-shaped bowls to raise funds for St. Francis Heart Hospital’s pediatric department.


Nick said of his accomplishment, “I’m excited because it’s a pretty big honor to achieve and now I know I have a chance to win a scholarship.”


Nick applied to top-tier colleges with hopes of pursuing a course of study in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).


“We are thrilled that Nick has advanced to the final stage of the National Merit Scholarship competition,” said Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher. “Nick is a well-rounded student who works hard to be his personal best every day. We wish him the best of luck in securing a scholarship in the spring as he prepares for the next level of his education after high school.”

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National Merit Finalist Nicholas Tardugno and, from left, Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni, School Counselor Ms. Rebecca Lieberman, Counseling Supervisor Ms. Sabrina Meehan and Assistant Principal Mr. Kevin Leach.