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KS Hawaiʻi senior Lily Ayau (center) receives a letter of commendation from KS Hawaiʻi and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. On hand to congratulate her are Po‘o Kula (Head of School) Dr. Holoua Stender, her mother Judi, Counselor Malcom Helm, and Po‘o Kumu (Principal) Lehua Veincent.

KS Hawai‘i senior recognized among top 5 percent of students nationwide

Nov. 4, 2014

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i senior Lily Ayau was recently named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Ayau was among about 34,000 students nationwide recognized for their exceptional academic promise, placing them among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“On behalf of the student body and faculty and staff of Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi, we send our deepest aloha to Lily and her ‘ohana as a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program,” said KS Kula Ki‘eki‘e (High School) Poʻo Kumu (Principal) Lehua Veincent.

“This honor will open the portals of academic opportunities for Lily in her pursuit within the post-secondary arena.” 

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recognizes the valuable resource these students will be for their communities and their potential for future academic success. Their hope is that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage students to continue their educational pursuits.

Having attended KS Hawai‘i since kindergarten, the Hilo-raised Ayau is grateful for the support received from the school throughout her academic journey, and credits Kamehameha teachers for her success.

“I'm incredibly honored to represent Kamehameha Schools in receiving this commendation,” said Ayau. “KSH has always served as a home for me, and the teachers there helped to foster a sense of curiosity within me that without which I could not have achieved this distinction. I'm so humbled by the hard work of the faculty and staff in their dedication to students' learning. It's thanks to them that I am who I am today.” 

Ayau is looking at pursuing her interest in history and is considering a handful of East Coast colleges like Amherst, Dartmouth and Columbia as possible next destinations.

Veincent shares, “Nui ko makou ha‘aheo ia ‘oe e Lily.  E ho‘omau ‘oe a pae i ke one o ka lanakila!  We are very proud of you, Lily.  Continue to persevere until you arrive upon your shores of victory.”

Lily is the daughter of Gregory and Judi Ayau of Hilo. 

KSH has always served as a home for me, and the teachers there helped to foster a sense of curiosity within me that without which I could not have achieved this distinction. I'm so humbled by the hard work of the faculty and staff in their dedication to students’ learning. It’s thanks to them that I am who I am today.
Lily Ayau, KS Hawai‘i senior


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