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Local National Merit Scholars Begin New Chapter: College

First published in the Aug. 13 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

  • Quinn Deitch
  • Nicole Mirzaian
  • Matthew Keshishian
  • Joshua Oh
  • Bethany G. van de Houten

Six Glendale-area students are starting college this fall as National Merit Scholars who received scholarships for their academic achievements in high school.
Four students received the standard National Merit Scholarship, which is a one-time $2,500 scholarship funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The scholars include Quinn Deitch, a La Crescenta resident who graduated from St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge and intends to pursue a career in surgical medicine; Matthew Keshishian, a Clark Magnet High School graduate from Glendale who plans to study computer science; Nicole Mirzaian, a Glendale resident who graduated from Flintridge Prep in LCF and who plans to study bio-engineering; and Joshua Jihwang Oh, a Glendale native who graduated from Village Christian High School in Sun Valley and wants to get into screenwriting and directing.
Additionally, Bethany Van de Houten, a La Crescenta native who graduated from the remote Sky Mountain Charter School, received a corporate-sponsored scholarship through Siemens and plans to study mechanical engineering or applied math. She was selected from among the National Merit finalists and will receive either a multi-year or single-payment scholarship.
David Yoon Kim, a Crescenta Valley High School graduate from La Crescenta who plans to study political science at the University of Southern California, received a school-sponsored scholarship to attend the university, and will receive between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years. He was also selected from among the National Merit finalists.

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