Levi Leach with Principal Brenden Cusack

National Merit Commends Senior Levi Leach

Huntington senior Levi Leach with Principal Brenden Cusack.

September 29, 2017

Levi Leach is one of the best. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has “commended” the Huntington High School senior for his exceptional academic performance. He’s one of just 34,000 teenagers in the country to earn the distinction.

About 1.6 million students entered the National Merit’s 2018 competition by taking the 2016 PSAT/National Merit scholarship qualifying test. Mr. Leach and his fellow Commended Students are among the top 50,000 scorers.

“Levi is a phenomenal student and a wonderful person,” Huntington Principal Brenden Cusack said. “Beyond the classroom, he is involved in many activities and is a key figure on the robotics team. I am very proud of Levi and I wholeheartedly congratulate him on this honor.”

Mr. Leach made his way to the high school after attending Southdown Primary School, Woodhull Intermediate School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School.

Levi Leach
Huntington High School
senior Levi Leach.

“I’m happy and honored that I was able to make it to being a National Merit Commended Student,” Mr. Leach said. “I wish I could have made it farther, but I’m pretty happy with how I did on the PSAT and SAT.”

The senior is involved in the high school’s student government, robotics team, numerous academic honor societies, winter and spring varsity track and field teams and the Principal’s Advisory Committee.

Mr. Leach’s senior year classes include Bible as Literature, Humanities, Advanced Placement US Government and Politics, AP Microeconomics, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Senior Band.

The teenager hasn’t finalized the list of colleges that he plans to submit applications to, but some of the possibilities include UCLA, Cal Poly, Columbia, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Northeastern, University of Michigan and Binghamton University.

Mr. Leach isn’t quite sure of what he wants to pursue academically in college. “I’m exploring everything, but am definitely interested in the STEM majors,” he said. “I want to do something that involves math, so I’m thinking of applied mathematics, statistics, computer science or something along those lines.”

With an academic record that speaks for itself, Mr. Leach has captured the respect and affection of his classmates and the district’s faculty and support staff. The National Merit recognition is surely not the last one he’ll be receiving this year.

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a National Merit spokesman. “These students represent a valuable national resource. Recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”