The U.S. Department of Education recently named 29 Punahou seniors as candidates for the 2020 Presidential Scholars program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Students are chosen based on their outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams or through nominations.
Some 5,000 candidates across the country were considered for the annual award, with 68 nominees from Hawai‘i. In May, up to 161 students nationwide will be chosen for the final honor of Presidential Scholar.
Congratulations to (photo above): First row, from left: Zane Yamamoto, Callum Stefanelli, Josette Huang, Nicole Nakamoto, Megan Goh, Abigail Matsumoto, Lauren Kwee. Second row, from left: Brandon Yee, Rebecca Verghese, Emily Bender, Zihe Yi, Connor Seto, Jared Wong. Third row, from left: Mihir Kolli, Isabella Nesti, Tyler Sakamoto, Andrew Buehler, Jeremy Lee. Fourth row, from left: Ryan Kong, Ray Sakamoto, Jake Wakahiro, Tyler Takahashi, Carter Nakagawa, Frank Sun. Back row, from left: Robert Liu, Aaron Chang. Not pictured: Maya Mastick, Kaelyn Sakai, Kevin Huang.