Five Seniors Named National Merit Scholars

Punahou Communications Staff

May 16, 2013

Five Punahou seniors have been honored as National Merit Scholars, judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

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Elizabeth Ito, Jordan Kondo, Philip Lin, Colin Pating and Sean Rodan are among 10 Hawai'i students honored. Each received a $2,500 award from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), having progressed through three levels of competition that began when they took a qualifying exam as juniors.

They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high-school counselors, based on their academic records, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay; and a recommendation from their high school.

Congratulations students!

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