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Oppenheimer’s legacy continues into the next generation

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By Special to the Monitor

Eleven college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC).

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The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley, Capital and Santa Fe high schools.

The JROMC has awarded 146 scholarships and other awards totaling $302,000 since the program began in 1984.

The philanthropic organization’s scholarship program is supported by several endowments, numerous small, individual donations and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.

“One of the most rewarding things we do as members of JROMC is meet with and honor these absolutely outstanding young people, and by doing so to pay tribute to Robert Oppenheimer,” Maureen Mahoney-Barraclough, JROM chairperson, said.

This year’s selected students from Los Alamos High School:

• Kathy Lin, J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship, awarded for outstanding promise in science and mathematics.

• Kendra Smale, J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Mary and Harold Argo, awarded to a young woman for outstanding promise in the arts or sciences.

• Victoria Maqueda, J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship Sponsored by the Los Alamos National Bank, awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional promise of future contributions to society.

• Gina Stroud, J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship Sponsored by the Los Alamos National Bank, awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional promise of future contributions to society.

• Miles Carlsten, J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Terry Leon Rosen, awarded to a student who demonstrates unusual qualities of creativity and scholarship.

• Jason Bossert, J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Juliamarie.

• Langham Grilly, awarded to a resident of Los Alamos County for outstanding promise in the arts or sciences.

• Katherine Rooney, J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Nicholas Metropolis, awarded for excellence in the mathematical sciences.