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Valley Students Earn Scholarships: Nine Tri-Valley students are among approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors named as part of the first group of winners of corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards ¬nanced by approximately 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.

Local winners include The National Merit Boeing Scholarship, Steven H. Wang, Granada High School, Livermore; the National Merit Nelson F. Peterson Scholarship, Florian Stumpf, Dublin High School; the National Merit Moody's Scholarship, Melody H. Huang, Amador Valley High, Pleasanton; the National Merit Calmer L. Johnson/John W. Leslie ITW Scholarship, John K. Malchar, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton; the National Merit Nelson F. Peterson Scholarship, Alicia Y. Yang, Foothill High School, Pleasanton; the National Merit Chevron Corporation Scholarship, Aditya Bhumbla, California High School, San Ramon; the National Merit Nelson F. Peterson Scholarship, Liyang Huang, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon; the National Merit Chevron Corporation Scholarship, Jamie Y. Shen, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon; and the National Merit Novartis Scholarship, Allison Y. Zhong, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

Danville Resident Honored: UberConference's CEO, Craig Walker, of Danville, has been selected to receive the 2014 Georgetown Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for Outstanding Alumni Entrepreneur. Walker was chosen by the board of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance for exhibiting a high level of innovation and service to the entrepreneurial community, demonstration of a positive impact from his business and other exemplary qualities of an entrepreneur and Georgetown University graduate.

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Air Force Airman Enricco D. Short graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Short is the son of Annita L. Deitrick and stepson of James Emerson, of San Ramon, and a 2010 graduate of California High School in San Ramon.

Valley Stars is written by Louise Hartman. Contact her at 925-847-2111, by email at vtletters@bayareanewsgroup.com or send a fax to 925-847-2189.