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Upper School Student Named National Merit Finalist and Presidential Scholar Candidate
Posted 02/22/2017 05:58PM

Daniel Stekol '17 will graduate with achievements in two prestigious national programs.

Daniel Stekol '17 has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. He is one of just 15,000 high school seniors across the country to be named a finalist in the prestigious program. He is also a candidate for the 2017 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Just 4,000 students out of nearly 3.5 million high school seniors graduating this year receive an invitation to the program sponsored by White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education.

A Bay Ridge Prep student since second grade, Stekol said he is “very grateful” for the support he has received from the school community.

“I've always been able to work with the teachers and administrators to help me achieve my goals, extend my knowledge and challenge myself,” he said. “The teachers are extremely dedicated to each of their students, and both the staff and the students are friendly.”

While he will have to wait until spring to hear more about both the National Merit Scholarship and the Presidential Scholars Program, Stekol already knows what he wants to do once he starts college in fall.

“I'm thinking of studying robotics and artificial intelligence, because I think technology is moving strongly in that direction and because I just think it's interesting,” he said.

Natalia Stekol, Daniel’s mother, credited Bay Ridge Prep’s faculty and staff with being part of his achievements.

“Thank you for your extraordinary work and support,” she said, “and for creating a place where Daniel is happy and eager to study.”

Founded in 1998, Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, K-12 college preparatory school offering intelligent and compassionate education in a progressive academic environment.


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Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, private, co-ed, day school accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Serving students in Kindergarten thru Grade 12 from all across the New York City area, Bay Ridge Prep is located in Brooklyn and dedicated to enriching intellectual curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence through a student-centered community that values the unique talents and learning styles of each person.



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Bay Ridge Prep is a co-ed, K-12 independent school in Brooklyn, New York, that is home to 400 students and over 100 faculty spread across two buildings.  With a student-centered environment and fresh approach to education, Bay Ridge Prep provides an enriching academic experience in a socially mature environment.


Bay Ridge Prep is selective in admissions and prospective students go through a formal application process.  What we look for most in an applicant is a student who will benefit from our programs and make a positive impact on our community.


Bay Ridge Prep students get their first taste of hands-on learning in Kindergarten, when they become owners and operators of their own bakery.  By high school, they are deeply engaged in courses like Science, Research & Design - a three-year class that offers the opportunity to conduct original, independent research.


Led by experienced arts educators with advanced degrees in art, music and theater, the arts program recognizes that creative expression is a vital and integral part of a student’s development.


Home to nine championships in the last seven years, Bay Ridge Prep Athletics offers students an opportunity to explore physical challenges and develop leadership and teamwork skills.

Student Life

Student life is more than just classes, clubs and team sports.  Bay Ridge Prep is proactive in making every day life for students engaging, positive and enjoyable. 


Giving to Bay Ridge Prep has a profound impact on the daily lives of our students and helps give the school's administration the flexibility and financial resources to address spontaneous needs in and out of the classroom such as undertaking new programs and facility upgrades.


Bay Ridge Prep Alumni can be found everywhere.  Our newest alums are at some of the best colleges and graduate programs in the country and older alums are professionals in the fields of medicine, law, media, education, finance and more.

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