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June 29th, 2010
SMBA valedictorian awarded Byrd Scholarship

062810boylanSan Marcos Baptist Academy Senior Maggie Boylan accepts the 2010 Valedictorian Award from Principal Bob Bryant.


The 2010 San Marcos Baptist Academy (SMBA) valedictorian,  Margaret Mary (“Maggie”) Boylan, recently was awarded the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship.

Boylan will be eligible to receive the $15,000 scholarship for up to four years. She also was awarded a President’s Scholarship for $16,000 at the University of Dallas, where she plans to major in journalism when she attends the school this fall.

Graduating summa cum lauda at SMBA, Boylan had a 4.1 grade point average. She attended SMBA for four years, leaving the school with the rank of cadet captain in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC), where she was the Battalion Personnel Officer. She was active in sports as well, participating in volleyball, softball and basketball.

Boylan was a member of the National Honor Society and also served as a Student Ambassador. She was recognized for scoring a perfect score of 800 on the writing portion of the Student Aptitude Test (SAT).

She is the daughter of Roger Boylan and Elizabeth Makowski of San Marcos.

The Byrd scholarships are funded through the U.S. Department of Education and are given to exceptional high school students throughout the country who show the promise of continued excellence in their post-secondary education. There are about 7,300 Byrd Scholarships awarded each year.

The scholarship is named for U.S. Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who died Monday at the age of 92. He was the longest serving member of Congress in history. Byrd served nine times in the Senate and three times in the House of Representatives since his first election in 1952.

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