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Valedictorian Named National Merit Finalist

Scheck Hillel Community School’s Valedictorian Named National Merit Finalist
North Miami Beach, Fla. – Scheck Hillel Community School’s 2018 valedictorian, Nathalie Fuhrman, has advanced as a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program competition, joining the final pool of U.S. high school seniors to be considered for the prestigious scholarship this year.
Fellow seniors Keith Bonwitt, Roy Glazer and Max Peicher were named 2018 National Merit Commended Students, placing among the top scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
All four seniors were also recognized by the College Board as 2017 AP Scholars with Distinction. In addition, Nathalie is a Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Hillel Ambassador and was nominated for the 2018 Silver Knight Award (Dance/Music), one of the nation’s most highly regarded student award programs. 
"Nathalie is a phenomenal, well-rounded student and also a stellar individual who is heavily involved in her school and the local community,” said Cecilia Grano de Oro, Co-Director of College Counseling. “I am thrilled that she has been selected as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program and she is more than worthy of such a high honor: one that celebrates her achievement throughout her years in high school. Her future is certainly bright, and we are all excited about the great opportunities that lie ahead.”
The selection of the Merit Scholarship winners is now in progress; the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will begin mailing scholarship offers in March 2018.
Scheck Hillel is honored to have graduated a significant roster of National Merit Scholars, Finalists, Semifinalists and Commended Students, and to carry on the tradition in 2018. Most recently, Jordana Zackon, Class of 2017 valedictorian, was named a 2017 National Merit Commended Student; she is now a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis. Scheck Hillel's 2016 salutatorian, Ariel Gelrud, was a 2016 National Merit Scholar and attends the University of Pennsylvania.
About Scheck Hillel Community School
From early childhood through Grade 12, Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity, values and a commitment to the State of Israel, through a college preparatory curriculum and meaningful co-curricular experiences, guided by Orthodox teachings and set within a nurturing, diverse community. Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For information, please visit eHillel.org.
About the National Merit Scholarship Program
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.