National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Recognized

Punahou Communications Staff

September 11, 2013

Twenty-two Punahou seniors were named 2014 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in recognition of their exceptional academic ability and potential for collegiate success. The seniors earned high-ranking qualifying test scores that placed them among the top 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide.


"This is one of the great academic awards in the country," Punahou President Jim Scott '70 said to the semifinalists, who gathered to hear the announcement. "We're so proud of you."

Semifinalists hold the highest-ranking scores in their state for the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Out of the more than 1.5 million juniors who took the test last year, 16,000 were named semifinalists, qualifying them to apply for National Merit Scholarship awards, which are announced next spring.

Academy Principal Kevin Conway noted that 93 percent of semifinalists go on to become finalists, so "being a semifinalist is a big deal." Along with deans Ruth Fletcher and Scott Herzer, Conway added his congratulations, underscoring that all share the honor of recognition.

Punahou's 2014 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists include: Alexander Chai, Maxen Chung, Jennifer Ha, Jasmine Harris, Sophie Johnson, Taylor Lau, Noel Lee, Madelin Lum, Noemaikealohaiku'ulei Lum, Sarah Matsunaga, Scott Meyer, Aidan Morita, Alyssa Morvis, Bryce Murley, Albert Pleus, Emily Ratte, Holt Sakai, Katherine Seth, Michelle Tsai, James Umphress, Anna Winnicki and Jade Woo.


  • 9/11/2013 2:26:22 PM


    • 9/12/2013 5:51:28 PM

      Not only is Aidan tall, dark, handsome, athletic, and charming, he is also brilliant. Hey, we already knew that.

  • 9/14/2013 7:54:16 PM

    I only count 21! Is one exceptionally short?

  • 9/15/2013 5:58:41 AM



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