David Frank, a senior from Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, has been named National Merit Finalist in the 2020 competition.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 15,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, qualified as finalists. Only 2,500 receive scholarships.
Frank will receive a $2,500 scholarship, funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. He will be attending the Cornell University Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management as a Presidential Research Scholar. Frank is also the author of two published articles in peer-reviewed journals, president of the Future Business Leads of America, co-president of Tutors-for-a-Cure, president of the Math Club, in the Advanced Science Research program. He plays the alto saxophone in the school band and is a member of the varsity golf and wrestling teams.
His classmates Madeline Jutsen and Mikaela Milch also were previously named finalists.