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Lawrence High School recently announced Matthew Sharin, Lawrence High School senior, as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors qualify as semifinalists. They will have an opportunity to advance in the competition for the Merit Scholarship awards. 

“I am extremely proud of Mathew and his dedication to his education,” said Dr. Lagnado-Papp, Principal of Lawrence High School. “The NMSC awards honor exceptional students, and Mathew most assuredly represents the best in our schools..”

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) was established in 1955 as a not-for-profit organization that conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program, an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. NMSC’s mission is to highlight and honor academically talented high school students in the United States. Since its inception, NMSC has recognized over 3.4 million students and provided 451,000 scholarships worth over $1.8 billion.

Matthew received a score of 1510/1520 on his Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and a perfect score on his American College Test (ACT). Mathew also earned recognition as a musician, this year, Matthew qualified and will participate in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State music conference in Rochester, New York in December as part of the symphonic orchestra. Last year, he was named an alternate for the 2021 All-State Music Festival based on a score of 100 during his audition. Other awards Mathew has earned include a first-place presentation award during the 2020 Medical Marvels competition and the American Chemical Society Outstanding Scholastic Achievement award.  

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1: Matthew Sharin, Lawrence High School senior National Merit Scholarship