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National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Trinity seniors Paige Kim, Gregory Salazar and Qihui “Lillian” Yin have been announced as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists, scoring in the top 1% on the PSAT taken in 11th grade. The trio is among the highest-scoring 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, from over 1.5 million students in 21,000 high schools.

Four Trinity seniors (Trevor Beauchamp, Ryan Han, Ashley Kua and Ethan Lewis) were announced as Commended Students, scoring in the top 2% of the 1.5 million students. They are recognized for exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT.  

Paige Kim and Gregory Salazar have been Trinity students since kindergarten and both are varsity athletes.

Paige Kim is Patrick House Captain and is a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholastic Federation.  Paige founded the Latin Tutoring Club and is a member of the knitting club.  She also received the honor of Summa Cum Laude for the National Latin Exam and received special recognition for a perfect score on the National Greek Exam. She is an AP Scholar with Honor award recipient and has participated in the Science Olympiad. Paige is Co-Captain and two-time letter winner in Varsity Volleyball. In Varsity Swim, she was a three-time letter winner, named first-team all-league and qualified for CIF for all three years.

Greg Salazar is the National Honor Society Vice President and a member of the California Scholastic Federation. Greg received the honor of Summa Cum Laude for the National Latin Exam. He has played Varsity Football for all four years at Trinity and ran Varsity Track for two years.

Lillian Yin is a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholastic Federation. She is president of the Math Club and has participated in the Science Olympiad and the American Math Competition. She has also served as leader of the International Club and is a member of the knitting club. Lillian has played Varsity Soccer and been a part of the Varsity Swim team at Trinity.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced its 2020 semi-finalists on September 10 and they will compete for a share of 7,600 scholarships worth more than $31 million. Winners will be announced nationally next spring.

The next step for a semi-finalist to become a finalist is to complete the required application that includes SAT or ACT scores, an essay and a letter of recommendation from a high school official.

Finalists are then chosen on the basis of academic record, participation in community and school activities, demonstrated leadership ability, employment, and awards and honors received.  From the group of 16,000 semi-finalists, an expected 15,000 will advance to finalists and half of those will win scholarships.

Our three semi-finalists are among 16 semi-finalists from high schools in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Congratulations to all the Santa Clarita Valley National Merit Semi-Finalists:

Trinity Classical Academy
Paige T. Kim
Gregory R. Salazar
Qihui Yin

Academy of the Canyons
Susan M. Chamling
Daniel I. Kim
Dhruv Vaish

Valencia HS
Evie K. Li
Ashley M. Song
Marina Zeng

West Ranch HS
Ryan G. Factor
Rushikesh Y. Pande
Jackie J. Roche
Anya Shah

William S. Hart HS
Justyn M. Friedler
Grace M. Gooneratn