Almanac

Schools - May 5, 2010

National Merit scholarships go to six local students

Five seniors at Menlo-Atherton High School and one from Menlo School have earned National Merit scholarships of $2,500 each.

The awards to M-A students went to three Menlo Park residents — Sashi A. Ayyangar, Maya Lozinski and Scott J. Swartz — and Portola Valley residents Ellora T. Israni and Chloe E. Peters, according to a statement from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The sixth winner, Daniel M. Diekroeger of Woodside, is a Menlo School student.

The 2,500 award winners were chosen from a nationwide pool of 15,000 finalists, the statement said. The criteria include difficulty of a subject studied, grades, standardized test scores, leadership in community activities, an essay and a recommendation from a school official.

The number of winners per state is proportional to the state's percentage of graduating seniors. California had 310 for 2010.

Comparing numbers of scholarships per school "will lead to erroneous and unsound conclusions," the statement said, adding that the scholarship program is a showcase for individual students with "exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies."

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields