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Five MVLA Students Earn National Merit $2,500 Scholarships

May 8, 2019

Five MVLA Students Earn National Merit $2,500 Scholarships

Today, the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners and five are from the Mountain View Los Altos High School District.

The National Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the nation. National Merit Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

MVLA has five National Merit Scholarship winners, selected from a list of 27 finalists. Their name, high school and field of study follow:

  • Martin Cooper, Los Altos High - Computer Engineering
  • Annemarie Foy, Mountain View High - Computer Science
  • Karina Halevy, Los Altos High - Applied Mathematics
  • Henry Lai, Los Altos High - Environmental Engineering
  • Tejas Thvar, Mountain View High - Computer Engineering


In both 2018 and 2017, MVLA had four NMS winners.

Additionally, LAHS Senior Cody Theobald won the National Merit Varian Medical Systems Scholarship.  Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions. Its Merit Scholarship awards recognize outstanding students who are the sons and daughters of Varian employees. Cody plans to study statistics in college.

According to NMSC, National Merit Scholarship recipients were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

“These students earned high grades and also contributed to their schools and community. We are impressed by and proud of these students’ academic dedication and readiness to share their talents and energy with the world,” said Superintendent Jeff Harding.