Saajid Chowdhury, a senior at General Douglas MacArthur High School has recently been recognized as one of 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. He will continue on in the competition for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered in the spring of 2019.
Approximately 1.6 million juniors entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Saajid is now part of the nationwide pool of semifinalists who represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, including the highest scoring entrants in each state. The next step of the program will be to identify 15,000 finalists out of the 16,000 semifinalists.
"I feel really honored that I'm in the top one percent of students in the nation said Saajid. "I feel like my hard work in high school has paid off; all of the skills that I built up through the years culminated in such a great score."
Saajid is currently enrolled in seven Advanced Placement courses and is passionate about math, science and music. As a cello player, he is involved in every orchestra that MacArthur has to offer, is a member of Science Olympiads, is on the school's mathletes team and is on the Nassau County All Star Mathletes team. Saajid is also heavily involved in MacArthur's science research program and serves as the treasurer of the school's National Honor Society.