Two National Merit Finalists Selected from WWVA

July 01, 2008 | John Deming

Two four-year seniors from Walla Walla Valley Academy have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists in this year's program.

Taylor Hermsen

Taylor Hermsen, son of Becky and Randy Hermsen of College Place, Wash., is a member of the Johns Hopkins Talented Youth Program. He represented Washington state at the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. the summer before his senior year. In his junior year, Hermsen traveled to Sasyama, Japan, for two weeks as a member of the Walla Walla Sister City Student Exchange. He has been invited to, and plans to attend, the upcoming presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. Hermsen plans on attending Walla Walla University with a double major in electrical and computer engineering.

Alexander Scott

Alexander Scott, son of Julie and Kraig Scott, also of College Place, has been involved in class and student government at WWVA. In addition, he is a four-year member of the academy's orchestra and is the principal cellist. He also sings with the choir and plays the piano. Scott was a member of the academy's varsity basketball and soccer teams. During the summer of his junior year he was invited to and attended the Cambridge College Programme at Oxford, England. Scott plans to attend Walla Walla University and major in history.