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Two Sleepy Hollow Seniors Gain National Merit Scholarship Semifinals

Sleepy Hollow High School seniors Dylan Basescu and David Friedman have been named National Merit semifinalists.
Sleepy Hollow High School seniors Dylan Basescu and David Friedman have been named National Merit semifinalists. Photo Credit: Contributed

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Two seniors at Sleepy Hollow High School have been named National Merit semifinalists.

Dylan Basescu and David Friedman will now compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

The local students are among 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools across the country to enter the competition by taking last year’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Finalists need to submit a lengthy scholarship application, providing judges information regarding their academic record, employment, academic accolades, school and community activities, and leadership abilities.

In addition, seven Sleepy Hollow High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from Sleepy Hollow High School and National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program, will be presented by Principal Dr. Tracy Smith to Arias Diego, Zachary Bernstein, Helen Carr, Nadia Fassa, Sofia Guarnieri, Amanda Hynes and Sophia Norwood.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation were recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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