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October 07, 2007

Three students from Washington County Public Schools are semifinalists in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program, and six others earned Commended Scholar status.

Jordan Winters of Clear Spring High School, who was a student at Washington County Technical High School for his junior year last year; and Laura Baldasarre and David Kurz from Smithsburg High School were named semifinalists after their achievement on the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Each of these students can continue next spring in the competitive Merit Scholarship Program, vying for approximately 8,200 awards worth a total of $34 million.

Commended Scholars have also taken the PSAT/NMSQT, and are recognized for their achievement. The following students received such recognition: Blaine Ford, of Boonsboro High; Kyle Byrne, Clear Spring High; Derek McAbee and Alex Knepper, North Hagerstown High; and Charles Lee and Phillip Shriver, Smithsburg High.

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All of the above named students were among more than 1.4 million students in nearly 21,000 high schools across the country who entered the program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT as juniors.

Catherine Stahl, a senior at St. Maria Goretti High School, has been named a Commended Student in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program. Principal Christopher Siedor will present her with a Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Maiya Dacey of Rohrersville has been awarded a scholarship by the Two Ten Footwear Foundation. Dacey, who was chosen from among more than 650 applicants to the program, will use the scholarship to attend American University in Washington, D.C.

The Two Ten Footwear Foundation Scholarship Program was established in 1969 to provide need-based scholarships to people in the footwear, leather and allied industries.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement, personal promise and financial need.

Dacey is a 2007 graduate of Boonsboro High School.

Salven DeMartino graduated with honors from Hagerstown Community College in 2007 with an Associate of Science degree in computer science and an Associate of Art degree in mathematics.

He was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and was awarded the Hagerstown Community College Foundation Scholarship, the House of Delegates Scholarship, the Ed Godlove Scholarship, the Charles G. Groh Scholarship, a federal Pell Grant and a Maryland Education Assistance grant.

DeMartino is pursuing bachelor's degrees in computer science and mathematics at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. He is a 2004 graduate of South Hagerstown High School.

Angela M. Lundgren of Hagerstown graduated from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University, State University of New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology.

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