Seniors Advance to Finalist Round of National Merit Scholarship Competition

Christina Yasutomi

Seniors Reanne Inafuku, left, and Emily White, right, have advanced to the finalist round of the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seniors Reanne Inafuku and Emily White have advanced to the finalist round of the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP), where they will be considered for scholarships from the NSMP, as well as awards from corporate and collegiate sponsors. Winners will be selected based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. Some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen from the group of more than 15,000 finalists.

In September, the two seniors were among 16,000 students chosen as semifinalists. To participate, students must take the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists have the highest scores among students in their state. 

Seniors Adam Hu, Lauren Uchimura and Kasen Wong were also recognized in September with a Letter of Commendation from the NSMP. While they did not continue on, they were among the top 50,000 scorers in this year’s program.