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Meet our school’s National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists!

Kristen Ng (12)
What is some advice you would give to juniors taking the PSAT this week?
“Take a lot of practice tests and just trust your instinct on the answers you choose.”

What are your goals for the future in college/workforce?
“I am not really sure about what I really want to do, but I know I want to study biology in college.”

What extracurriculars are you involved in? What are your interests outside of school?
“I am a part of CSF, which is the California Scholarship Federation. My hobbies include dancing, snacking, eating candy and napping.”

If you could have one superpower for a day, what would it be, and why?
“Mine would be the ability to teleport because it saves a lot of time, and I feel it would be really cool.”

What advice would you give yourself as a freshman?
“I would just say to enjoy your time as a freshman.”

Edward Cheng (12)
What is some advice you would give to juniors taking the PSAT this week?
“Some advice would be to study with Khan Academy consistently take practice tests and do not overthink”

What are your goals for the future in college/workforce?
“I want to major in business and make a billion dollars.”

What extracurriculars are you involved in? What are your interests outside of school?
“I am in marching band, track and football. I am also the treasurer of the chess club. One of my hobbies is gaming.”

If you could have one superpower for a day, what would it be and why?
“My one superpower would be getting a billion dollars.”

What advice would you give yourself as a freshman?
“Make sure you plan ahead and know what you are doing.”

Truman Ma (12)
What is some advice you would give to juniors taking the PSAT this week?
“A piece of advice is to stay calm because your mindset during the test will affect how you answer the questions.”

What are your goals for the future in college/workforce?
“In college, I plan to major in molecular biology. I am still unsure about a career I want to pursue but it would definitely be something in the medical field or biology related.”

What extracurriculars are you involved in? What are your interests outside of school?
“Extracurriculars I am involved in are being president of the American Red Cross Club and Science Olympiad. Outside of school, my hobbies are playing games and hanging out with friends.”

If you could have one superpower for a day, what would it be and why?
“It would just be speed, so I can get a lot of things done because I have a lot of college applications and other stuff to do.”

What advice would you give yourself as a freshman?
“As a freshman, I would tell myself to try new opportunities more. For example, in my freshman and sophomore year, I barely took any AP classes. So, I would tell myself to take more AP classes and get more involved with school.”

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