The Mineola Union Free School District announced Mineola High School senior Neilah Rustemi who has been named a finalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Neilah is one of 15,000 students nationwide, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors who qualify as a finalist in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of the 2,500 National Merit Scholarships worth $2,500 each that will be awarded in the spring.

Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Winners are expected to be announced in March.

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