Jonathan Kapilian Achieves National Merit Finalist Status

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A successful 2015-16 school year continues for Long Beach High School senior Jonathan Kapilian, who was announced a National Merit Finalist after earning the semifinalist title back in September. Jonathan achieved the initial honor based on his exceptional PSAT scores, which presented him with the prospect of applying for the next level of distinction.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, an estimated 1.5 million students entered the competition when they took the PSAT in 2014, and approximately 16,000 attained the semifinalist title. The finalist status was only bestowed upon 15,000 students who met intense academic requirements and achieved first-rate SAT results.  

Jonathan is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate focusing his extended essay on “The Effect of Population Density on Carbon Dioxide Emissions per Capita.” He is a National Honor Society member and award-winning science research participant in several regional competitions including the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair and Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Jonathan also serves as co-president of the Mathletes competition team, which he founded, and has been recognized as a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics through the Institute of Creative Problem Solving. He studies advanced science and mathematics through the Columbia Science Honors Program.