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Parker’s Najita in finals for National Merit Scholarship


Parker School announces senior Kieran Najita has advanced as a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship Award.

Kieran Najita

In September, Najita was notified he was one of 16,000 national semi-finalists out of the 50,000 highest scorers of the approximately 1.5 million high school students who take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) each year.

Now Najita has advanced as one of approximately 15,000 finalists.

Last year, three out of the five National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists from the Big Island were Parker students. All three advanced to the finals and two out of the three were selected as Merit Scholarship Award winners.

Najita, whose parents both teach English at Parker, has been a student at the school since 2005.

He will find out in March if he is one of approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarship Award winners.

The awards range from a $2,500 lump sum scholarship, to corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored scholarships.

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