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Samantha Minars, a Wantagh High School senior, was named a $2,500 scholarship winner in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Samantha was chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists from each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments. Skills and potential for success in their future college/university studies. As a Finalist, Samantha was selected through a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on her academic record, the level of difficulty of courses studied and grades earned, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and the community, a Finalist essay and a high school official recommendation.  

Samantha is valedictorian of the Class of 2019, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor and the recipient of the Oberlin College Book Award for excellence in science. She is also treasurer of the National Honor Society and a member of both the World Language and science honor societies. In addition to playing varsity tennis and badminton, Samantha participates in extracurricular activities as treasurer of the Science Olympiad team, a peer leader and member of the Class of 2019 organization. She is also a counselor with Camp Achieve during the summer and assists with her family’s annual Haunted House Charity project to benefit the International Red Cross and Unicef. She plans on studying bio-medical engineering this fall.

The school district congratulates Samantha on this prestigious honor and academic accomplishment.

Merit Winner