Academic Talent 2-fer: TWO MAY Seniors Win Elite National Merit Scholarship Honor

Of the 1,600,000 American Juniors from 22,000 high schools who take the PSAT exam, only 1% are selected as finalists and given the opportunity to compete for only 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards. How elite is that? You can ask MAY seniors Shmuel Maltz and Natan Samson, who were both recently selected as National Merit Scholarship finalists!

While being part of the “1%” is something that is often reviled by many, these one-percenter’s elicit nothing but pride, admiration and respect.  MAY is doubly proud to have two of its students achieve this recognition.  Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

It is particularly noteworthy that MAY’s two finalists are two of only seven such honorees in all of the Five Towns, and only six other yeshiva students in all of New York City and Five Towns achieved this distinction.

 “We are extremely proud of Shmuel and Natan,” commented Rabbi Sam Rudansky, General Studies Principal, “They very much embody the academic acumen, work ethic and character of model students and personify what we try to inculcate into all of our students, each student at his own level of capability.”

“I owe this achievement to my teachers and administration at MAY,” commented Shmuel Maltz, “I have always felt challenged in my classes and I truly believe that enabled me to excel on this national test.”

The Mesivta wishes Shmuel and Natan much Hatzlacha in the next stage of the competition.

Last Updated on July 2017