Bishop’s students named finalists in National Merit Scholarship Competition


A total of 12 Bishop’s students, out of a class of 131 students, were recently named finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

The Bishop’s seniors who earned finalist status this year are: Jiakai Chang (Rancho Peñasquitos), Claire Coats (Scripps Ranch), Simran Deokule (Carmel Valley), Valerie Fan (Scripps Ranch), Nicole Kim (Carmel Valley), Naomi Kim (Carmel Valley), Rita Kimijima-Dennemeyer (La Jolla), Evan Peng (Rancho Peñasquitos), Yuxin “Xixi” Shi (Del Mar), Veronica Tang (La Jolla), William Tian (La Jolla) and David Wang (Carmel Valley).

From a group of 16,000 finalists, 7,500 National Merit Scholarship winners were chosen. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Approximately 1.6 million juniors from high schools across the United States entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).