PMHS Seniors Earn National Merit Honors

The Pelham Public Schools are pleased to announce that seven PMHS students were named National Merit Semifinalists while eight others were recognized as Commended Students.

The students recognized as semifinalists are George Dunhill, Saul Glist, Noah Hellum, Nathan Rosenberg, Patrick Shiels, William Taubner and Emily Xue. They are part of approximately 16,000 semifinalists from across the country and are among the top-scoring students on the PSAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.

Earning distinction as Commended Students are Jillian Harrison, Benjamin Hofflich, Benjamin Huang, Samuel Imperato, Justin Limardo, Conor McNulty, Patrick Roche and William Shelton, all of whom were recognized for their outstanding academic promise.

“We are thrilled to have so many of our students recognized for their impressive academic achievement,” said PMHS Principal Jeannine Clark. “These accolades are a testament to the hard work of our students and the expertise and commitment of our teachers.”

National Merit Semifinalists now have the option to submit an application to become a finalist, which if selected, makes them eligible for more than $32 million in National Merit Scholarship funding. Commended Students are also eligible for select scholarships.

More about the Semifinalists

George Dunhill is a member of the National English, Science, Math, Italian and Rho Kappa (Social Studies) Honor Societies. He is a four year member of the varsity lacrosse team and has volunteered at the Hope Soup Kitchen and County Harvest. George is also a member of the Italian Club and has participated in Cystic Fibrosis and Breast Cancer Walks.

Saul Glist is his Class President and President of the PMHS Student Association. He serves as Secretary of the Social Studies Honor Society, Captain of the Forensic Speech and Debate team, and is a Co-Founder of the Jewish Culture Club. In addition, Saul was awarded the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award and was a finalist in the New York State History Day Essay competition.

Noah Hellum was a member of the National Honor Society, the National English, Rho Kappa (Social Studies) and French Honor Societies and the New York State Science and Math Honor Societies. After graduating from PMHS over the summer, Noah is now enrolled in the University of Southern California Resident Honors Program where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Nathan Rosenberg has been a member of the Military History Club and has volunteered for SOOP Children’s Theater and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, the Rho Kappa (Social Studies) Honor Society and the New York State Math and Science Honor Societies.

Patrick Shiels is an Eagle Scout candidate with the boy scouts, a volunteer chess instructor and has also volunteered with the Confident Kids Club. Additionally, he is a member of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, the Rho Kappa (Social Studies) Honor Society and the New York State Math and Science Honor Societies.

William Taubner was a recipient of the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award and scored a Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam. He is a member of the Latin and Military History clubs and also participates in the Model United Nations. He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the PTA and been a Peer tutor.

Emily Xue is President of the National Honor Society and Secretary of the Science Honor Society. She was awarded 1st Place in Westchester County in the National Brain Bee competition and earned 2nd Place in Medicine and Health at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair while also qualifying for the New York State National History Day competition.