Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

New Paltz High School stu­dents Kate Fish­man and Stephanie Ste­wart-Hill, were named com­mended stu­dents in the 2017 Na­tional Merit Scholar Pro­gram.

The stu­dents, both se­niors, were rec­og­nized for their strong aca­demic prom­ise demon­strated by their per­for­mance on the qual­i­fy­ing test used for pro­gram en­try. Al­though they will not con­tinue in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion for Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship awards, their scores placed them among the top 5 per­cent of more than 1.6 mil­lion stu­dents who took the qual­i­fy­ing test.

Fish­man en­joys dance and writ­ing and is a mem­ber of the Youth for Unity and In­ter­act clubs at New Paltz High. She is hop­ing to at­tend either Ober­lin Col­lege or Mid­dle­bury Col­lege, where she plans to ma­jor in English.

She is the daugh­ter of Ju­lia and Benjamin Fish­man.

Ste­wart-Hill com­petes on New Paltz High’s cross-coun­try and Nordic ski teams and is a mem­ber of In­ter­act. She also teaches Sun­day School at Christ the King Church in New Paltz. She plans to

ma­jor in psy­chol­ogy next year at either Stony Brook Uni­ver­sity, the Uni­ver­sity at Buffalo or Bing­ham­ton Uni­ver­sity.

She is the daugh­ter of Marcene and Stephen Ste­wart Hill. •••

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