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Boonsboro High student is Merit Scholarship semifinalist

November 30, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOONSBORO -- Boonsboro High School senior Margaret "Meggie" Margrabe has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, making her eligible for a share of more than $35 million in scholarships.

Another Washington County Public Schools student, Christopher Bradford, of North Hagerstown High, also received that distinction.

Margaret, 17, said she was one of about 16,000 students nationwide who were recognized as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists -- an honor determined by 11th-grade pre-SAT scores. Margaret also took the preliminary exam in 10th grade.

"I aced the math in my sophomore and junior year," she said.

Margaret said her favorite subject is math, and because she was unable to do "fun math" in class, like brain teasers and cryptology, she formed a math club at Boonsboro High about one month ago that now has about 10 members.

She became interested in cryptology during her first summer with the Center for Talented Youth -- a Johns Hopkins University program for gifted students. Margaret said she chose to study cryptology there for three weeks, and became very interested in the codes.

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She took the SAT as a seventh-grader to qualify for the youth program, and said she has taken the college entrance exam five times since then. Her highest score -- taking the best of the three sections from each of her exams -- was a 2,240 out of a possible 2,400.

Margaret knows she will enroll in a college after high school, but said she is unsure which one.

She attended Saint James School from eighth grade until her sophomore year of high school, and has been at Boonsboro High since her junior year.

She is a straight-A student with about a 3.7 grade-point average, Margaret said.

She recently was inducted into the National Honor Society, and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and her school's recycling club. She also was a member of Boonsboro's soccer team.

Margaret lives outside Hagerstown with her parents, William and Elizabeth Margrabe, and her younger brother.

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