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KS Kapālama senior Sierra Hirayama is a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship program and a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.

KS Kapālama’s Sierra Hirayama a finalist for National Merit Scholarship

Feb. 26, 2015

Contributed by Pakalani Bello

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama senior Sierra Hirayama has been designated a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program. She will find out between March and mid-June if she is selected to win a National Merit Scholarship award. Hirayama will be presented with an official certificate with her finalist status at an assembly later in the year.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants per year. From that group, only 15,000 finalists are chosen.

Hirayama also recently learned that she is a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Application for that program is by invitation only, based on numerous criteria that include academic performance and SAT scores.

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