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Two Washington County seniors named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

September 22, 2008

Two seniors from Washington County Public Schools have been named 2009 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

Margaret Margrabe of Boonsboro High School and Christopher Bradford of North Hagerstown High School are among approximately 16,000 students nationwide who have earned standing as National Merit semifinalists.

They will compete for more than $35 million in scholarship awards next spring.

Margrabe is the daughter of William and Elizabeth Margrabe.

She considers mathematics her favorite subject and scored a 5 on the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam.

She is taking Advanced Placement courses at Boonsboro High School, including chemistry, statistics and macroeconomics.

Bradford, son of Norman and Pam Bradford, is taking the two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) course work at North Hagerstown High School. He plans to attend a four-year college and likely will study international relations.

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship in the 54th annual program.

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Selected students are assessed on a qualifying score on the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit School Qualifying Test, high school academic record, SAT scores, and an endorsement and recommendation from their school principals. A scholarship application, including the student's self-descriptive essay and information about participation and leadership in school and community, is also submitted.

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