Parker School senior Lysha Matsunobu has advanced as a National Merit Scholarship Program finalist. She was notified in September that she was one of approximately 16,000 national semi-finalists out of the 50,000 highest scorers of the approximately 1.5 million high school students who took the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test last year. Now she has advanced to a group of about 15,000 finalists.
Matsunobu, the daughter of Miriam and Neal Matsunobu of Kona, has recently also been in the in the news for her science accomplishments—she attended the Summer Science Program at Westmont College last summer and she was a presenter at the Galaxy Forum in Waimea in November. At the Galaxy Forum, she was the only student presenter and presented alongside accomplished scientists and teachers.
In March, Matsunobu will find out if she is one of the around 8,000 National Merit Scholarship Award winners. The awards range from a $2,500 scholarship to corporate and college-sponsored scholarships. Last year, Parker students Paul Gregg and Aidan Wharton were finalists. In the last four years, Parker has had seven of the 12 total Hawaii Island finalists.