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National Merit Program honors more than 80 MVLA students

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has given special recognition to 33 Los Altos and 53 Mountain View high school students.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is the largest national testing program, with more than 1.5 million students eligible annually.

The 2010 competition began last fall when the students as juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT, an examination that compares the reading analysis, math problem solving and writing skills of students nationwide.

The program recently announced those who qualified as semifinalists, the highest recognition possible, and commended students on that test.

Semifinalists for the Class of 2010:

Los Altos High School: Aksai Bapa, Ancy Dow, Edward Gu, Erin Hicks, Angela Liu, Sahil Luthra, Shefali Luthra, Katelyn Stangl and Ke Wang.

Mountain View High School: Thomas Ashmore, Alex Boltunov, Kathryn Burch, Neerav Dixit, Kevin Huang, Gregory Lauro, Sarah McClammy, Kevin McKee, Hershal Patel, Patrick Rabuzzi, Chloe Rossin, Sushmita Sridhar, Elise Sugarman, Jeffrey Tarrasch, Christopher Wells, Jody Yu Zhang and Lily Zhou.

Selection committee members, college admissions officers and high school counselors evaluate each student’s academic record, SAT scores, participation and leadership in school and community activities, essay and teacher recommendations to select the finalists. Finalists are eligible for one of the National Merit corporate- or college-sponsored $2,500 scholarships, awarded in spring 2010.

Los Altos High commended students: Tina Chen, Diana Chou, Mark Conrad, Tara Filsuf, Isabelle Fisher, Jeffrey Gu, Roger Hau, Erica Hicks, Adlai Katzenberg, Sarah Loebner, Paige Logan, Kelly McMeekin, Kathryn Mock, Tim Neiman, Vienna Rye, Anna Sakoi, Alexandra Santiago, Mason Satterwhite, Reena Shah, Scott Stephens, Ariel Tabachnik, Jonathan Tan, Marie Tanga and Adi Yogev.

Mountain View High commended students: Joseph Adachi, Christian Armada, Blair Bacsi, Olivia Baney, Eric Bastoul, John Cavagnaro, Ayush Chakravarty, Alison Chalker, Diana Chen, Gregory Daniloff, Elizabeth Donckels, Michael Fanton, Elaine Fisher, Michael Galdes, Matthew Geiger, Sarah Heidmann, Sarah Hess, Jonathan Huang, Anna Irion, Steven Jing, James Kalb, Maxim Kipnis, Brian Kuczynski, Brendan Larsen, Celeste Lattanzi, Lisbeth Leftwich, Riley Moran, Nader Morshed, Amelia Mulford, Stephanie Pollitt, Ralph Pursifull, Markus Rutner, Tulsi Sheth, Kaitlyn Simko, Jenee Smith and Johanna Smith-Nilsson.

In May 2010, the students will receive certificates of commendation recognizing their achievements and the academic promise demonstrated by their performances on the PSAT.

Jenee Smith of Mountain View High is also a semifinalist in the 2010 National Achievement Scholarship Competition of the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for Black American high school students. Each student has earned an opportunity for one of more than 800 Achievement Scholarship Awards.

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