WCPS Students Earn Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

WCPS Students Earn Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and Commended Scholar Status; Boonsboro Student Named Outstanding Program Participant

Hagerstown, MD (November 12, 2008)- In addition to a pair of 2009
National Merit Scholarship semifinalists announced in September,
Washington County Public Schools today announced the names of students who earned Commended Scholar status in the National Merit Scholarship program and one student named an Outstanding Participant.
Margaret Margrabe from Boonsboro High School and Christopher Bradford from North Hagerstown High School earned National Merit semifinalist status and will compete for a share of more than $35 million in scholarship awards in the spring of 2009. They were among Maryland's highest scoring students on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Boonsboro High School student, Kelechi Urama, was named an Outstanding Participant in the program, an honor given to the top four percent of the 150,000 African American students who participated in the program.
The list of Commended Students, who scored well on the PSAT/NMSQT but not at a level to attain standing as a semifinalist, includes:
* Boonsboro High School- Sean Clark, Scoti Dobson, Rachel Wollard
* North Hagerstown High School- Jeremiah Cross, Andrew Lake, Esaite Lakew, Sarah Sebrosky, Taryn Shank
* South Hagerstown High School- Anne Kraft
* Clear Spring High School- Lori Porter
* Washington County Technical High School- Sean Karraker
* Williamsport High School- Allaire Bartel, Laurel Kays
Commended students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, but do gain additional opportunities for special scholarships from businesses and corporations earmarked for National Merit students.
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