Calhoun’s Joy Ma Named National Merit Semifinalist

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Joy Ma, a senior at Calhoun High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District, has been named a National Merit Semifinalist in the 2018 competition.

The Merrick resident is an accomplished musician playing the French horn, flute, piano – and even the piccolo at times. She also plays flute for the Nassau-Suffolk Wind Symphony.

Off stage, Ma competes in fencing year-round, representing the North Shore Fencers Club, plays on Calhoun’s badminton team and writes for the school newspaper, Pegasus.

“The teachers and students have such a positive attitude about school and learning that it makes the academic experience truly enjoyable on a day-to-day basis,” Ma said. 

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, qualified as semifinalists. Finalists will be notified in February.