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Three ‘Commended Students’ in National Merit Scholarship Program


Melia Cavedoni, Hannah Twigg-Smith, and Alexandra K. Van Pernis, all seniors at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Martin Ferrell, dean of academics, made the announcement.

Cavedoni is the daughter of Rong Hua and Charles Cavedoni of Hakalau. Twigg-Smith is the daughter of Lisen and Desmond Twigg-Smith of Holualoa. Van Pernis is the daughter of Kristi and Mark Van Pernis of Kailua-Kona.

Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” according to NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

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