Three from Whitman Selected

Congratulations to Walt Whitman’s Three National Merit Scholarship Winners left to right: Joseph VanGostein, Joshua Joseph and Kentaro Matsushima.
Congratulations to Walt Whitman’s Three National Merit Scholarship Winners left to right: Joseph VanGostein, Joshua Joseph and Kentaro Matsushima.

Last spring they qualified, in September they were Semifinalists, in February we learned that they were Finalists, and now, we are proud to announce that the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has awarded three Walt Whitman High School seniors, Winners of The National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Joseph VanGostein, Joshua Joseph and Kentaro Matsushima.

“This prestigious award is only given to 2,500 students nationwide,” said Whitman Principal John Murphy.  “To receive three awards in one school in the same year is an amazing feat and a tribute to the type of students we have here at Whitman.”

“This award is the culmination of much more than just two years of test taking and filling out applications,” said Joseph VanGostein.  “It represents pride, and not just in myself and my accomplishments, but pride in my school, who did a great job preparing me for these exams every step of the way.  I want to especially thank my guidance counselor.  I’m very grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve gotten here at Whitman.”

“Receiving this award is representative of being recognized as a well-rounded individual,” said Joshua Joseph.  “Along the way you're recognized for your test scores but then it becomes so much more, and it’s validation of what I’ve been working hard towards.”

Scholarships awarded through National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) programs are regarded as some of the highest academic honors attainable by U.S. high school students.  “I will be pursuing a career in Mechanical Engineering,” said Kentaro, who is president of the Mathletes team at Whitman. “Since several of the top sponsors of this award are technology companies, that tells me that I’m on the right track to furthering my career.”

Walt Whitman High School and the South Huntington School District would like to congratulate Kentaro Matsushima, Joseph Van Gostein, and Joshua Joseph for being selected as winners of the coveted National Merit Scholarship award.