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Villa Madonna Student is National Merit Semifinalist

Villa Madonna Academy announced this week that junior Eric Baugh has been named a National Merit semifinalist.

He is one of 16,000 across the country.

Approximately 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Eric will compete to become a Finalist based upon his academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. In addition, he must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm his performance on the qualifying test.

“We are so proud of Eric’s accomplishment,” said Villa Madonna Academy Principal Pamela McQueen. “Not only is Eric an outstanding student, but he is also an exceptional athlete. His accomplishments are many including winning two state track championships last spring, and he continues to win this year. He has a tremendous work ethic and is a leader among his peers.” 

Villa Madonna Academy has been recognized twice as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and recently was named one of the Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools. “Our students’ achievements are truly a testament to the dedicated Villa faculty, staff and supportive parent community who work together every day to ensure success,” said McQueen.
-Staff report
Photo: Eric Baugh (provided)