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Four for four: Northport High School seniors advance as National Merit Finalists

Schools March 14, 2023

From left to right: Northport High School National Merit Finalists John Dwyer, Nicholas Crafa, Joshua D’Souza and Zoe Meadows. Photo courtesy of the NENUFSD.

All four of Northport High School’s National Merit Semifinalists have advanced as finalists in this year’s competition. Seniors Nicholas Crafa, Joshua D’Souza, John Dwyer and Zoe Meadows earned this recognition through their tremendous academic and extracurricular achievements.

The National Merit Finalist process is highly competitive and is determined based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service record, leadership, employment experience and more.

“These students continue to push themselves to achieve at the highest levels and we are so proud of their accomplishments,” said Rob Dennis, principal of Northport High School. “I have no doubt they are going to have amazing success as they continue their educational careers.”

D’Souza will be attending Stony Brook University and majoring in computer science, John Dwyer is headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to major in environmental engineering and Meadows has committed to Duke University, where she will major in biomedical engineering. Crafa is awaiting final responses from his top schools and plans to be a pre-med major.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMCS) website, approximately 7,250 finalists will be notified, beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award.