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Local student wins $50K for science research

Courtesy of Manan Shah
Manan Shah, Los Altos resident and senior at The Harker School, placed second at the Siemens Competition, earning a $50,000 scholarship.

Los Altos resident Manan Shah, a senior at The Harker School, won a $50,000 scholarship for his research project earlier this month.

Shah earned second place at the 17th annual Siemens Competition national finals in Washington, D.C., for developing a computational model aimed at helping pathologists more rapidly and accurately assess the severity of breast cancer tumor growth and spread.

St. Francis student earns perfect AP exam score


Los Altos resident Ryan Chandra, a senior at St. Francis High School, earned a perfect score on his AP English Language and Composition exam, taken last spring.

Advanced Placement tests are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 equivalent to an A grade in the corresponding college course.

LAHS receives Green Business recertification

Courtesy of MVLA
Celebrating Los Altos High’s green achievement are, from left, Amy Brown, director of the county’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency; Los Altos High School Assistant Principal Galen Rosenberg; Green Team students Sarah Chang and Hannah Yang; County Supervisor Dave Cortese; and Santa Clara Valley Water District Director Linda J. LeZotte.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese recently commended Los Altos High School for achieving Green Business recertification.

Green Team student representatives Sarah Chang and Hannah Yang, adviser Sybil Cramer and Assistant Principal Galen Rosenberg were on hand to accept congratulations for their efforts in fulfilling qualifications to earn the Green Business certification renewal.

MVLA students named semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program’s list of semifinalists includes 25 students from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, 26 from St. Francis High School, two from Pinewood School and four local students from Homestead High School.

Only the top 1 percent of applicants in the nation receive National Merit semifinalist recognition. Each year, approximately 1.5 million entrants participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a program co-sponsored by the College Board. The standardized test measures critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills.

Local student earns accolades for science project

Courtesy of Maya Shukla
Los Altos student Maya Shukla, right, and her Harker School classmate Aarzu Gupta present their science project on the dangers of e-cigarettes.

After placing first at the Santa Clara County Synopsys Championship and earning several awards at the California State Science Fair, a Los Altos student’s science project reached the semifinal round of the Broadcom MASTERS national science competition last month.

Los Altos resident Maya Shukla, a freshman at The Harker School in San Jose, partnered with classmate Aarzu Gupta on the project “A Test of the Mutagenic and Carcinogenic Potential of Nicotine-Free Electronic Cigarette Additives.”

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