Middle Country Student Recognized in Nationwide Competition

Newfield Senior Kyle Mathew Named a Semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship Program

Centereach, New York (September 2020)—The Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD) is proud to announce that Kyle Mathew, a graduating senior at Newfield High School (NHS), has been named a semifinalist in the 2020-21 National Merit Scholarship program. Kyle was among 16,000 students in the nation selected for their exceptional performance on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSA/NMSQT) and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Our district is ecstatic to recognize Kyle for his outstanding academic achievement and celebrate his advancement in the National Merit Scholarship program,” said Dr. Roberta Gerold, Superintendent of Middle Country Central School District. “Kyle is a phenomenal representation of the work ethic and commitment of students in the Middle Country School District, and we are thrilled to support him through his future endeavors and accomplishments. On behalf of the Board and community, we wish Kyle the best of luck in the rest of the program.”

Kyle, a well-rounded individual, is involved in a number of MCCSD’s extracurricular activities and clubs. He’s an active member of the following clubs: environmental, robotics, foreign language, debate, social sciences, and book club. He’s also been involved in the district’s orchestra for the last 10 years, the fencing team for three years, and the Foreign Language Honor Society for two years.

I’m very grateful for this amazing award, but it would be amiss of me to forget who and what got me here,” said Kyle. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my friends and family, and to them, I’m always grateful for what they do to help.” After Kyle completes the next steps in the program—which includes a recommendation from a high school official and the completion of a comprehensive essay—he will have the chance to be selected among 15,000 students for the Finalist level. Finalists will be notified in February 2021.

Kyle Mathew, senior at Newfield High School in the Middle Country Central School District, was selected as a semifinalist in the 2020-21 National Merit Scholarship Program.