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Congrats to two of our very best on being National Merit Finalists!
Congratulations to Pasadena High School seniors Jaimyn Drake and Tosten Pearson who were named National Merit Finalists! We are so very proud of your accomplishments. Pictured are Principal Robert Hernandez, Tosten Pearson, Jamyn Drake and Counselor Minh Tran.
Jaimyn is a senior in the App Academy, and a Math Academy student by transfer. At PHS, he leads and participates in a variety of clubs, including the Robotics Club, Astronomy Club, Math Club, Science Olympiad, and Tutoring Club. Outside of school, he practices as a taekwondo instructor (third-degree black belt) and plays the piano. Having applied to many UC schools and a number of prestigious private universities, Jaimyn is seeking a degree in Computer Science with hopes of a career in commercial research and development.
During Tosten's time at PHS, he has been Vice-President and co-founder of our school's Science Olympiad Club/Team and a writer for the Pasadena Chronicle, our school newspaper, since freshman year. With the invaluable help of a devoted staff, he has been leading the Chronicle this year as Editor-in-Chief. Outside of class, his main activities have been summer internships at Caltech and serving as a Volunteer Leader at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and eating at new restaurants with my friends. He also loves to spend time at home with his two younger brothers, parents, and grandfather.After graduation, Tosten aspires to major in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering at a four-year college, after which he plans on earning a graduate degree. In Tosten's words, "The wonderful teachers, counselors, and staff at Pasadena High School have been a tremendous help throughout these four years, and to them I give my sincerest gratitude. I am looking forward to what the future may bring."
High school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) at the specified time in the high school program, usually as juniors. Each year's PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test designated for entry to a particular year's competition. For example, the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the competition for scholarships to be awarded in 2022.