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Island School senior named merit scholarship semifinalist

Island School senior Daniel Wu was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Wu was one of 66 semi-finalists in Hawaii and the only one from Kauai.

Wu is the son of Liliane Kheng-Wu and Thearath Wu of Lihue. He has attended Island School since kindergarten. During his high school years, Daniel has been active in Science Olympiad, mock trial, robotics and Model U.N. His future plans include continuing his studies in science and pursuing a more recent interest in finance.

The names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program were released Wednesday. These seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Wu qualified on the basis of his outstanding academic record throughout high school, and was endorsed and recommended by Island School administrators. He wrote and submitted an essay and earned SAT scores that confirmed his high performance on the PSAT/NMSQT exam he took as a junior.

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