Local students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program’s list of semifinalists includes 23 students from Mountain View High, 18 from Los Altos High, 32 from St. Francis High and one from Pinewood School.

The following students received recognition as 2018 semifinalists based on their Preliminary SAT scores and academic excellence. Their scores were high in all testing categories: reading, writing and language, and math.

Los Altos teen earns $25,000 scholarship

Courtesy of Manan Shah
Manan Shah of Los Altos enters Stanford University this month, with plans to study computer science and mathematics.

Los Altos resident Manan Shah had to read the email twice before he believed that it was true: His research project on breast cancer earned him a $25,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship.

The scholarship is sponsored by the nonprofit Davidson Institute, whose mission is “to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference,” according to the organization’s website.

Local grad wins PAMF scholarship

Los Altos High School graduate Jebgy Vargas was watching a soccer game with friends when he got the call that he was one of four students this year to receive a $25,000 scholarship from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

The scholarship, funded by foundation physicians and community donors, is awarded to a high school student bound for a four-year university with plans to become a doctor.

Carnegie Corp. honors Foothill College president

The Carnegie Corp. recently honored Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen as part of its annual Great Immigrants tribute.

The philanthropic organization, founded in 1911 by industrialist and Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie, annually celebrates naturalized U.S. citizens for the role they play in helping to advance the society, culture and economy of the United States.

Checking out the chickens

School ChickensStudents in Kendal Sager’s Backyard Farmers class wait with lettuce snacks in hand for a visit from Sager’s hungry chickens. In addition to the meet-and-greet with hen Francesca Featherbottom and rooster Drumstick, kids learned about raising chicks, beekeeping and planting their own vegetables.

LAHS student ponders mentors, writing life and starting over

Courtesy of Trinity Suh
Los Altos High School student Trinity Suh’s recently released third novel tells the story of a young woman who goes on a journey of self-discovery.

For Trinity Suh, a rising senior at Los Altos High School, writing is more than a homework assignment or a means to a great college essay.

“I think of it as kind of a personal reflective time. … It gives me personal space,” she said.

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