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Cameron Hastings of Valle Crucis Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist


High School senior Cameron Hastings is among 15,000 students nationally to be named Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship program.

More than 1.5 million students of the class of 2016 entered the National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/NMSQT in 2014.

Hastings was selected as a finalist based on her PSAT scores and other factors including a confirming SAT score, student essay, participation in school and community activities and having an outstanding academic record throughout high school.

NMS Finalists represent less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors. Finalists will compete for approximately $35 million in scholarships this year.

Hastings is the daughter of John and Tracy Hastings of Valle Crucis. She enjoys her continued work through Animals, People and Environment (APE), a non-profit she founded with friends in 4th grade, playing Ultimate Frisbee, advocating for girls and women’s rights, taking flying lessons and spending time with her family and friends.

Hastings will attend University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in the fall where she will major in Aerospace Engineering.