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National Merit scholarships go to six seniors

Original post made on May 3, 2010

Six local seniors -- three from Menlo Park, two from Portola Valley and one from Woodside -- earned National Merit scholarships of $2,500 each.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 3, 2010, 11:54 AM

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Posted by former M-A parent, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Way to go M-A students! We are so proud of you all.


Posted by public school parent, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on May 3, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Semifinalists are chosen on the basis of their test scores. Menlo had 8 semifinalists, M-A had 15. Scholarships are based on academic performance, community involvement, leadership, and other important indicators of high potential. It's interesting to note that only 1 of the 8 Menlo students made the cut there, whereas 1 of 3 M-A students got the scholarships -- which are awarded on the basis on merit (as the name says) not financial need.

Those parents who seem to feel that private schools are essential for a good education might want to consider whether the silver platter approach truly equips their children with the mindset and tools they need for success.


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