Bomi Johnson, a senior at Desert Vista High School, recently received confirmation that she has qualified as a 2013 National Merit Semifinalist.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is based on high school student’s PSAT scores and qualifiers are students who score in the top 1 percent on the exam.

After receiving her scores for the PSAT, Johnson noticed that her strengths are in writing and mathematics, where she received perfect scores, but she had some difficulty when it came to the reading comprehension portion of the test.

Along with qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program, Johnson also is an accomplished musician and is an avid participant in community service by volunteering at Desert Botanical Garden.

She’s been playing the piano and flute for many years, performing in numerous musical groups such as the Phoenix Youth Symphony, the American Strong Teachers Association National High School Honors Orchestra, and the Arizona All State Band.

“I think I’ve found the majority of my interests, and giving back to the community is one of them,” she added.

Johnson is currently focusing on finishing up her senior year at Desert Vista, and applying to college.

She plans to pursue a career in neuroscience and is interested in going to a college that offers small class-size mentality, a type of setting she received while attending Summit School of Ahwatukee as a child.

Johnson said in comparing both Summit School of Ahwatukee and Desert Vista she knows that she will like to go to a small college.

“In applying to a lot of liberal arts colleges I’m looking for emphasis on the actual learning and not on the grades, and the acceptance on individuality. I think a lot of these things I was taught, maybe not directly, at Summit,” she said.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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