Bethpage HS Senior Named National Merit Commended Student

Bethpage HS Senior Named National Merit Commended Student photo
Bethpage High School senior Smiti Shah has been named a Commended Student in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Approximately 34,000 students across the country were recognized for their outstanding academic performance with this designation. Smiti placed among the top 5 percent of 1.6 million students who entered the competition by completing the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Smiti is an AP Scholar with Distinction and captain of the robotics team, which for the first time in more than 10 years competed in the national-level FIRST Robotics Competition after winning top prize at the regional contest. She also conducted research on water filtration and nanotechnology at Hofstra University with Dr. Roche DeGuzman and is a member of the National and Spanish honor societies. She interned last summer at the New York Academy of Sciences and is currently president of its Junior Academy, where she oversees more than 700 international students. While interning, she was invited to the Gates Notes event, where she spoke with Bill and Melinda Gates and author John Green. 

In addition, Smiti was recently invited to speak at the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Fortune 500 leaders in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning about the generational divide between conversations regarding humans and machines.

The district congratulates Smiti on her distinguished academic performance and wishes her continued success in her senior year.