Of all the honors, awards, scholarships and prizes bestowed upon a high school senior, the National Merit Scholarship is the most coveted. And in 2012, San Mateo County has its fair share of scholars.
According to an article in Thursday's San Mateo County Times, 19 of the county's top high school grads, both private and public, have received National Merit Scholarships in 2012.
The article states that the Illinois-based monetary scholarships are funded by corporations, colleges and universities and by the National Merit Scholarship program itself. Winners are chosen based on standardized test scores, academic performance and other related accomplishments and evaluations.
The 2012 Peninsula National Merit Scholarship Recipients (alphabetical):
- Rohan Acharya, Serra High School
- Isaac Alter, Menlo School
- Henry Bard, Menlo School
- Sylvia Chen, Mills High School
- James Evans
- Crystal Springs-Uplands School
- Shangnon Fei, Carlmont High School
- James Han, Burlingame High School
- Rebecca Hao, Menlo School
- Rebecca Hu, Aragon High School
- Graham MacWilliams, Sacred Heart Prep
- Fiona McAuley, Woodside High School
- Kevin McCurdy, Half Moon Bay High School
- Rachel Mester, Crystal Springs-Uplands School
- Katharine Pong, Mills High School
- Sophie Sheeline, Menlo School
- Sloane Sturzenegger, Sacred Heart Prep
- Amanda Suzuki, Sacred Heart Prep
- Stephanie Tearse, Summit Prep
- Ivan Wang, Aragon High School.
A 20th recipient is Ollie Peng, of Burlingame, who attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.