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Congrats to National Merit Scholarship Corporation winners and to top high schools in US News and World Report rankings!

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 3:46 pm in Education.

Congratulations to the 22 East Bay high school seniors who are National Merit Scholarship Corporation Program winners!

The students were chosen based on their strong performance on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, along with essays and information submitted with applications about extracurricular activities, awards, leadership, academic accomplishment and a recommendation.

Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships to finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the companies serve, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers encouraged by the sponsor. Scholarships range from $500 to $10,000 per year and be used at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

Here is a list of the 13 Alameda County students and nine Contra Costa County students who will receive the awards, in alphabetical order by city, followed by the student’s name, school, probable career field and scholarship sponsor:

ALAMEDA COUNTY
Albany: Suzanne Becker, Albany High, computer programming, Novartis
Albany: Naomi Hamada, Albany High, engineering, Chevron Corporation
Dublin: Florian Stumpf, Dublin High, medicine, Nelson F. Peterson scholarship from Hoffmann-La Roche
Fremont: Eric Deng, Mission San Jose High, mechanical engineering (automotive), Lockheed Martin
Fremont: Anish Kannan, Mission San Jose High, computer science, Macy’s Inc.
Fremont: Sanjay Sreekumar, Mission San Jose High, computer science, E*Trade Financial Corporation
Fremont: Grace Wu, Mission San Jose High, English literature, Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
Fremont: Jonathan Xu, St. Francis High in Mountain View, computer science, MetLife Foundation
Livermore: Steven Wang, Granada High, computer engineering, Boeing
Pleasanton: Melody Huang, Amador Valley High, economics, Moody’s Foundation
Pleasanton: John Malchar, Amador Valley High, public service, Calmer L. Johnson/John W. Leslie scholarship from Illinois Tool Works Foundation
Pleasanton: Alicia Yang, Foothill High, oncology, Nelson F. Peterson scholarship from Hoffmann-La Roche
Union City: Katie Chang, James Logan High, business management, CSC

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Moraga: Jennifer Li, Miramonte High in Orinda, biological engineering, Bayer
Moraga: Julia Shen, Miramonte High in Orinda, medicine, Nelson F. Peterson scholarship from Hoffmann-La Roche
Orinda: Talbot Jacobs, Oakland Preparatory School in Oakland, economics, Chevron Corporation
Pleasant Hill: Larry Wang, Acalanes High in Lafayette, computer science, Bayer
San Ramon: Aditya Bhumbla, California High, computer science, Chevron Corporation
San Ramon: Liyang Huang, Dougherty Valley High, biotechnology, Nelson F. Peterson scholarship from Hoffmann-La Roche
San Ramon: Jamie Shen, Dougherty Valley High, history, Chevron Corporation
San Ramon: Allison Zhong, Dougherty Valley High, medicine, Novartis

Here is the a link to the entire list of California winners: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceQ1MtWFNHY0NKTFk/edit?usp=sharing

Congratulations also to East Bay schools named in US News and World Report’s recent ranking of the best high schools in the state and country. Here are 13 that made the top 80 in California, listed by state rank, national rank, school, city and county:

6, 44: American Indian Public High, Oakland, Alameda
11, 67: KIPP King Collegiate High, San Lorenzo, Alameda
20, 143: Campolindo High, Moraga, Contra Costa
29, 184: Leadership Public Schools, Hayward, Alameda
34, 200: Piedmont High, Piedmont, Alameda
43, 248: Miramonte High, Orinda, Contra Costa
46, 256: Amador Valley High, Pleasanton, Contra Costa
47, 257: Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, Alameda
48, 260: Acalanes High, Lafayette, Contra Costa
64, 327: Foothill High, Pleasanton, Alameda
67, 334: Dougherty Valley High, San Ramon, Contra Costa
74, 363: Oakland Charter High, Oakland, Alameda
80, 373: Leadership Public Schools, Richmond, Contra Costa

Here is a link to the entire California list: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/california/rankings?schooltypepublic=y&schooltypemagnet=y&schooltypecharter=y

Many of the highly ranked schools in low-performing districts are charters, while others are in high-performing districts, such as Piedmont, Pleasanton, Acalanes and San Ramon Valley.

What do you think is the secret to their success?

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  • k. saint

    The secret to their success may not be a secret. Thank you for posting this and pointing out the local schools who are recognized. I will probably take a little time to read each of their mission statements to try to identify common threads. If I do, I will be sure to post.

  • happymom

    We sold our house in the MDUSD a decade ago to rent in Lamorinda so we could send our kids to better schools. Still have friends in the MDUSD who complain about the level of education. Could not be happier with our schools here, and pay the onerous property taxes gladly to get a better education. Congrats to Campo, Miramonte, and Acalanes for placing in the top 80. While there is a reputation for elitism in our area, most of my kids’ friends come from down to earth families, and the kids work really hard. Smaller classes and infusion of money into schools from parents and the business community helps too. Let’s keep improving all our public schools. A quality education is the pathway to success for our kids.

  • tmharrington

    Here is a list of MDUSD employees who have been nominated for recognition of the work they are doing on behalf of students: http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102938290270-470/AAnominations13.14year.pdf

    Although MDUSD has problems, its shining stars should not be overlooked.

  • Doctor J

    Yes, I congratulate the accomplishments of great educators. Unanswered questions: Will Dr. Nellie and other presenters be paid like they were last year ? other than the approximate $2500 for complimentary tickets for MDUSD nominees, is MDUSD kicking in any more money ? Since MDUSD is paying for their tickets to a MDEA function, will it show up,on their pay checks ? Last but not least, since MDUSD retirees, are all nominated, will MDUSD foot the bill for all 10,000 of them ? Oh, wait, they can only accommodate 250, so every nominee can only bring one guest. And here goes Guy Moore saying any left over money will “go to establishing” Elementary Art Education foundation. I thought that’s what the excess went to last year ? I think Guy has some explaining to do about where the money went last year.

  • tmharrington

    Here’s a new blog post that names all the 2014 CA Distinguished Elementary Schools in the East Bay, including six in MDUSD:
    http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/05/02/congrats-to-46-east-bay-california-distinguished-elementary-schools/