13 isle students earn national awards
Two are named Presidential Scholars; 11 others win National Merit scholarships
Thirteen seniors from Hawaii private and public schools have received national honors.
Christopher Burniske of Punahou School and Ciera Cummings of Kamehameha Schools were named 2008 Presidential Scholars. They will join 137 other scholars from across the country who will be recognized in June in Washington, D.C., for their academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, and service to their schools and communities.
Meanwhile, 11 isle students have won $2,500 National Merit scholarships.
College admissions officers and high school counselors judged the scholarship winners on academic records and potential for success in college. The Hawaii students are among 2,500 recipients of Merit scholarships from a pool of some 15,000 finalists nationwide.
Iolani School: Pamela H. Ho, Leslie N. Kim, Aleksi W. Lee, Clay K. Ozaki-Train and Alanna Y. Cooney
Damien Memorial School: Christopher A. Ballesteros
Saint Louis School: Kevin J. Donahue
Kamehameha Schools: Nathan J. Nakatsuka
Kaiser High School: John J. Pyun
Punahou School: Ananya Ray
Mililani High School: Philip Mocz