Huntington senior Andreas Seferian has been tapped as a National Merit Finalist. The designation puts the teenager in an elite group of Class of 2021 members nationally.
The National Merit Scholarship program, which dates to 1955, provides recognition and scholarships for top US students.
“Andreas has been a consistently high achieving student throughout his high school career,” Huntington Principal Brenden Cusack said. “It comes as no surprise to me that he has been recognized in this fashion and it is truly a testament to his strong work ethic and considerable academic talent. I am very proud of Andreas and I wish him the best of luck in this final stage of the National Merit Scholarship competition.”
Mr. Sefarian likes to challenge himself academically. For example, this year he enrolled in Advanced Placement Computer Science “because it’s so different from any other class I’ve taken,” he said.
The teenager is athletic, too, he has been a runner on the Blue Devil indoor and outdoor track teams. He also participates in the high school’s student government and its Interact Club chapter.
“Congratulations to Andreas and his family on this tremendous accomplishment,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “Another example of how hard work and commitment will pay off continuously. On behalf of the entire school community, I wish him continued enjoyment in learning as he enters the next stage of his academic career and beyond. We are all very proud!”
The teenager plans to continue his participation in the high school’s student government and Interact Club. Mr. Seferian also plans to keep running on the Blue Devil indoor and outdoor track teams in the winter and spring seasons, respectively.
Mr. Sefarian hasn’t finalized his college plans just yet. He is considering a handful of highly regarded schools.