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National Merit Finalists Amanda Treulich and Kevin Piraino

Farmingdale School District is thrilled to announce that two Farmingdale High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists in the program’s 67th year. Kevin Piraino and Amanda Treulich were selected among 16,000 Semifinalists based on their academic performance. Less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors qualified for this prestigious honor.

“Our students have earned this prestigious honor for themselves and their school,” said Farmingdale High School principal, Dr. Samuel Thompson. “This recognition is a culmination of their hard work and dedication. Kevin and Amanda are terrific ambassadors for Farmingdale Schools, and we are excited to see what they accomplish in the future.”

Kevin Piraino and Amanda Treulich were announced as Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2022 earlier this year. As finalists, they will be considered for more than 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million. Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

The Merit Scholar program annually recognizes U.S. high school students who demonstrate definitive marks of academic excellence. Finalists are evaluated based on academic record, their school’s curriculum and grading system, PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score, the high school official’s written recommendation, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and the Finalist’s essay.