High academic honors were bestowed upon Rocky Point High School senior Evan Komorowski this fall, as he was named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 students earned this distinction based on their superior scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.
As a semifinalist, Komorowski will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $35 million. To qualify for these scholarships, he must first advance in the competition as a finalist, a designation that will be announced in February.
An active member of the Rocky Point student body, Komorowski serves as vice president of the science club, president of the building’s first Robotics Club, and a member of the National Honor Society and National Math Honor Society. He was recently cast as the lead in the fall pocket theater production of “Harvey.” Outside of high school, he volunteers at Mather Hospital and a soup kitchen in his local church and is a member of American Mensa. The senior plans to major in biochemistry in college and aspires to attend medical school.
In addition to his status as semifinalist, Komorowski was selected as a 2013-2014 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar by the College Board. The NHRP was initiated in 1983 to recognize outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. This year, the NHRP is recognizing about 5,000 students from a pool of more than 259,000. Students recognized are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino, have achieved a minimum PSAT/NMSQT score for their region and have a junior year cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.