Foster Announces National Merit Semifinalist Brian Wu

Brian Wu.

Foster High School announced that senior Brian Wu was named a 2021 National Merit Semifinalist. He scored in the top 1% of the 1.5 million high school juniors across the United States who took the Preliminary SAT last October.

The next step of this highly competitive program is to become a finalist. Winners will be announced next April and will receive scholarships starting at $2500. Wu will be evaluated on SAT scores, academic transcript (difficulty level, depth and breadth of subjects studied, as well as grades earned), extracurricular and community involvement, leadership positions and a 1500 word essay. Additionally, students must be enrolled in their last year of high school and plan to enroll in full-time college next fall.

At Foster, Wu played tennis and co-founded ping-pong club. He is a member of Asian-American Student Association, French Club president and Workforce in Training. This year he will serve as President of National Honor Society and Vice President of Student Council. He completed 160+ hours required for Service Cord last summer volunteering at Los Alamos National Lab’s Science Museum, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Lunches of Love and taught  vacation bible school at St. John’s and Faith United Methodist Church.

Senior year, Wu is taking a full course load. By graduation, he will complete 16 AP courses, and he will also earn French, Social Studies and STEM-Mathematics endorsements.