Noteworthies March 8 2017

Blach seventh-grader receives music scholarship

Foothill Symphonic Winds recently honored Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Eligh Collier as recipient of the 2017 Nick Stumbaugh Memorial Music Award.

Eligh, who plays string bass, will receive a scholarship for 18 weeks of private lessons at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. Eligh’s name will be added to the plaque in the Blach band room commemorating Stumbaugh and the other students who have won the award.

Stumbaugh, a member of Foothill Symphonic Winds, played clarinet and saxophone. After his death in 2012, the ensemble created the award to memorialize his love of music and commitment to inspiring young musicians.

The group, which rehearses weekly in the Blach band room, is scheduled to perform in March in the Cubberley Theatre in Palo Alto.

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Local seniors named scholar candidates

The 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program named 14 local high school seniors among its more than 4,000 candidates for recognition.

Program officials selected candidates from a pool of nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the spring.

Local candidates include Nicholas A. Chan, Andrew J. Chang and Jeffrey J. Hong of Los Altos High; Adrienne T. Chen, Vandita S. Pendse and Varun K. Rohatgi of Mountain View High; Luke V. Mujica and William C. Scott of Homestead High; Emily H. Spector of Gunn High; Nicole S. Lee of St. Francis High; Nikhil Pimpalkhare of Pinewood School; Lauren E. Liu and Manan A. Shah of The Harker School; and Trisha H. Tan of The King’s Academy.

U.S. Presidential Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

A panel of educators will review the submissions and select 800 semifinalists in early April. Finalists will be announced in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

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LAH native selected as Gates Scholar

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently named Los Altos Hills native and Castilleja School alumna Simone Seiver a 2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Seiver, who attends Yale University, is one of 36 students selected for the scholarship funded by the Gates Foundation for graduate study at the University of Cambridge.

The foundation awarded scholarships to 20 women and 16 men from a wide range of backgrounds. Twenty-five will study for one-year master’s degrees and 11 will pursue three-year doctorates. Participants will study and research subjects ranging from collaborative songwriting to improve health outcomes to spider behavior, voter analytics and cancer therapeutics targeting the side effects associated with chemotherapy.

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