National Merit commended scholars from KS Kapālama include (top row from left to right) Joshua Ling, Lyndsey Moku, Christian Nakihei and Briana Sampaio. The National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists from KS Kapālama are Avery Nakata and Travis Kuo (bottom row left photo). The National Merit commended scholars from KS Hawaiʻi are Connor Gonzalez and Lucas Kay-Won (bottom row right photo).
Eight Kamehameha Schools seniors received honors for their academic achievements from the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Two students from KS Kapālama were designated as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists and four as commended scholars. Two students from KS Hawaiʻi were also selected as commended scholars.
E hoʻomaikaʻi to the following haumāna:
National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists:
Avery Nakata and Travis Kuo (KS Kapālama)
National Merit commended scholars:
Connor Gonzalez and Lucas Kay-Won (KS Hawaiʻi); and Joshua K. Ling, Lyndsey C. Moku, Christian Nakihei and Briana M Sampaio (KS Kapālama)
The National Merit Scholarship Program is a prestigious academic competition that recognizes high school students who excel in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Finalists in the program can earn scholarships for their college based on academic achievement and performance on this test.
Over 1.3 million juniors from about 21,000 high schools entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 PSAT/NMSQT. Commended scholars are students who score between the top 3 and 4%, while semifinalists are those who score in the top 1%. Students are compared on a state-by-state basis. A total of 57 Hawaiʻi high school students were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Several requirements must be met for Semifinalists to qualify as Finalists, including consistently high academic performance, principal recommendations and a personal essay.
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