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Three M-A students awarded National Merit scholarships

 

Three Menlo-Atherton High School students -- Christopher W. Jarrett, Ryan J. Cole and Alexander Anand Iyer -- now share a distinction also enjoyed by economists Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, not to mention Microsoft Corp. entrepreneurs Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

Mr. Jarrett, Mr. Cole and Mr. Iyer were awarded scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Each student received a $2,500 scholarship, the organization announced.

Hanson P. Tam, a resident of Hillsborough and a student at Menlo School in Atherton, also won a $2,500 scholarship.

Mr. Jarrett is considering a career in physics; Mr. Cole, in computer science; Mr. Iyer, in medicine; and Mr. Tam, in medical research.

The committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors that picked the winners considered a student's academic record, degree of difficulty of courses studied, grades, standardized test scores, community and leadership activities, a student essay and a recommendation by a school official.

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