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September 18th, 2008
San Marcos Academy senior named merit scholar semifinalist

From San Marcos Academy

San Marcos Baptist Academy senior David Abugaber was announced this month as one of 16,000 semifinalists nationwide in the 54th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Abugaber is from San Marcos and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Abugaber.

He and the other semifinalists will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of about 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $35 million, that will be offered next spring.

Abugaber qualified as a semifinalist through his scores on the 2007 PSAT, the initial screen of program entrants. More than 1.5 million juniors in over 21,000 high schools took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents fewer than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

A sixth-year student at San Marcos Academy, Abugaber is president of the National Honor Society, participates in band, and is a member of the JROTC Cadet Corps, where he serves as Battalion Personnel Officer and Corps Adjutant. He is currently a cadet Second Lieutenant. This past summer, he attended a pre-college program at Carnegie Mellon University on scholarship, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, and last summer he participated in the Ross Mathematics Program at Ohio State University. Because he will graduate high school a year early, Abugaber said he is considering spending a year abroad to study another language before he enters college.

Abugaber has two older brothers who also graduated from San Marcos Academy. Jorge Abugaber, Class of 2004, is a recent graduate of Harvard University, and Aaron Abugaber, Class of 2008, is now attending Johns Hopkins University.

San Marcos Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory school committed to educating young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values. The Academy offers a unique co-educational experience for both boarding and day students in the 7th through 12th grades.

Founded in 1907, the Academy is now in its second century of operation. San Marcos Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT).

For more information about the San Marcos Academy please visit www.smba.org.

— SHELLEY HENRY

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