Anna Rath, a senior at Lynbrook High School was recently recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Anna is among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program who will continue on in the competition with the hopes of receiving some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.
To enter the competition, Anna took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test along with 1.5 million juniors across the country. She is among less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors to receive the Semifinalist title based on her high score. About 15,000 students are expected to advance to the finalist round and will find out in February. National Merit Scholarship winners will be determined in the spring.
According to Anna, it was an exciting surprise to find out that she was deemed a Semifinalist.
“It was super rewarding and shocking,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Along with her exceptional academic skills, Anna has been heavily involved at Lynbrook High School. She is a member of the Math, Science and National honor societies, the Italian club and is a cast member in the school play each year. Anna was also part of the high school’s Active Citizen Teens Club. Adding to her impressive resume, Anna spent the past two summers at Harvard University taking classes. This included Italian, Spanish, theatrical directing and historical linguistics.