News about La Jolla students and grads

Several local students have qualified as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists, meaning the students are in the running for some of the $34 million that will be divided among recipients this spring by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

From La Jolla High: Erica X. Eisen, Ryan K. Farley, Grace M. Henahan, Meredith P. Lehmann, Ryan C. Mann, Yuhao Wang, Ashley Weller, Qian Zhang and Ardis Y. Zhong.

From The Bishop’s School: Peter Alexander, Wei-Wei Cheng, Narayan Gopinathan, Samuel M. Jacobs, Monica S. Kim, Kelsey H. Lee, Zoe J. Merewether, Felix T. Muprhet, John Ryden Nelson and Simon J. Park.

From La Jolla Country Day: Alexandra L. Rhode and Allison Y. Rhodes.

— The La Jolla High Madrigals joined other high school choirs from around the county in singing the National Anthem at the Padres Game on Sept. 27.

— Brittany Johanna Marcus-Blank of La Jolla was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester at Washington University in St. Louis.

To qualify for the Dean’s List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

— Ryan Piercy of La Jolla received a bachelor of science in business administraton from Kaplan Univevristy.

Former Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman spoke at commencement ceremonies in Chicago to the online graduates about the importance of education to workforce development and global competitiveness.

— Jennifer Pye, a La Jolla High School student, completed Cornell’s prestigious Summer College program this summer. The program enables high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to spend three or six weeks on the Cornell campus experiencing what it’s like to live and learn at an Ivy League university.