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  • TROJAN TRIBUNE: Bauer, Egbert honored as 2013 National Merit Commended Students

  • GHS seniors Hayden Bauer and Austin Egbert have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are two of 34,000 high school seniors to be honored.

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  • GHS seniors Hayden Bauer and Austin Egbert have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are two of 34,000 high school seniors to be honored.
    Ms. Bauer and Mr. Egbert placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
    A representative for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation said, “The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program.”
    Ms. Bauer, daughter of Blaise and Nancy Bauer, is a member of FCA, Foreign Language Club, the Gifted Program, Kayettes, Multimedia, SAFE and SADD and currently serves as SADD treasurer.
    She also participates in volleyball, where she was named 2011 MVP and was selected for the 2011 All-County Team, and in track, where she was a state medalist and currently holds the school record for the girls’ 4x400 meter race.
    Ms. Bauer is on the All-A honor roll, an NHS member and a Renaissance cardholder.
    Outside of school she is a member of St. Michael’s Church and is a Catholic Youth Ministries board member. Through the church she has attended March for Life in Washington, D.C., four years and has also helped with the Totus Tuus Bible Camp.
    Additionally, Ms. Bauer volunteers for Helping Hands and assists with Meals in His Name, St. Michael’s Turkey Bazaar and CYM Fruit Baskets for the Elderly.
    She is also a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the Girard pool.
    Mr. Egbert, son of Clark and Ann Egbert, is a member of Band, FFA, the Gifted Program, Multimedia, SAFE, Scholar’s Bowl and the Trojan Tribune Staff.
    In FFA, he has placed 1st at District in Ag Communications, Farm Management and Land Judging; 3rd at District in Ag Sales; 6th at State in Ag Sales; and 7th at State in Farm Management. He also earned the Silver Division National FFA Proficiency Award in Small Animal Production and the State FFA Degree.
    Mr. Egbert has served as FFA Greenhand reporter, assistant sentinel and vice president. He is currently serving as FFA president and GHS Band Council president.
    He is on the All-A honor roll, an NHS member, a Renaissance cardholder and was September Student of the Month. He is also a five-time medalist at the PSU Math Relays and was a member of the second place team at the State Economics Bowl.
    Outside of school Mr. Egbert is president of Happy Hustlers 4-H and of the Crawford County 4-H Council as well as multimedia director for Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus and Weir Baptist Jr. High Camp.
    Regarding their achievement, Gifted Education instructor Linda Knoll said, “I have had the good fortune to have worked with both Austin and Hayden over the past four years and can attest that they are deserving of this recognition and honor. Both possess the qualities that exemplify Commended Scholars: a strong combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and the potential for success in a rigorous college or university program of study.”
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