William Floyd High School senior Desiree DeMelfi was recently selected as a semifinalist in the National Honor Society (NHS) National Scholarship program, which provides just 575 students across the nation with a $3,200 college scholarship. Desiree was among the top 25 NHS recipients in New York State and one of only 600 recipients out of more than 11,000 applicants across the nation to receive an award.
DeMelfi will be attending Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, in the fall, and pursue a double major in Music Education and Musical Theatre Performance. She will participate in Westminster’s Honors Placement Program, which will allow her to fulfill her liberal arts credits at Princeton University due to her academic success and commitment to her school and community.
At William Floyd, DeMelfi serves as the treasurer of the high school National Honor Society, is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, performs with the “Acabellas,” the all-female a cappella group, is a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, and has had several major roles in the OCEAN Arts theater productions at William Floyd High School. She has also been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association “High School National Academic Squad” and won first-place in two “Poetry Out Loud” competitions sponsored by the NYS Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, during her junior and senior years.
NHS is the oldest and best-known student recognition program. For nearly 100 years, NHS members have been making a difference in their schools and communities through their scholarship, service, leadership and character. Alumni include celebrated individuals from all walks of life, including the arts and sciences, government, education, medicine, the military, politics and athletics.
To recognize the most outstanding NHS members, the organization has been awarding its respected NHS Scholarship to hundreds of students every year – helping make their higher education aspirations more affordable.
DeMelfi attended William Floyd schools kindergarten through 12th grade (Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School, William Paca Middle School and William Floyd High School).