Akira moving on

LIHUE — Three Kauai High School students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. for their academic ability.

“This is really exciting,” said Charles Fulks, a counselor at Kauai High School.

Sidney Brady and Trevor Passmore were named “Commended Students.” Akira Takabayashi was named a semifinalist for one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.

Brady, a strong cross country participant for the past three years, and Passmore finished the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program among the field of about 34,000 Commended Students.

Passmore, whose parents own the Kauai Bowl center in the Rice Shopping Center, spends his free time working at the bowling center. He plans on attending Yale following graduation.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp., these students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.6 million students from 22,000 high schools who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“This is quite an accomplishment for these students,” Fulks said.

The National Merit Scholarship anticipates about 15,000 will advance to the finalist level. Finalists will be notified in February.

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