Bryn Mawr School senior named presidential scholar

Amna Hashmi, a graduating senior at Bryn Mawr School in Roland Park, has been named a 2012 Presidential Scholar, the only girl in Maryland to receive the honor and one of only 141 nationwide, the school announced Thursday.

Hashmi and classmate Julianna Drew have also been named 2012 National Merit Scholars and each will receive $2,500 scholarships for college, school officials said.

Hashmi, who will attend Harvard University in the fall, has been a student at Bryn Mawr since the third grade. She lives in Cockeysville.

Hashmi is also a student-athlete, who plays varsity squash and is captain of the tennis team. She is also yearbook editor, editor-in-chief of the student newspaper The Quill, president of the debate club, captain of the academic team, and a singer in the upper school choral group Dayseye.

"Amna is without question one of the finest students I have known in my 33 years of teaching, Bryn Mawr Headmistress Maureen Walsh, said in a written statement. She is thoroughly deserving of this honor, and will make important contributions in the years to come."

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, the most prestigious award a graduating high school senior can win, is based on performance in college entrance exams, student essays and grades, among other criteria. Hashmi was chosen as one of 3,000 candidates from 3.2 million graduating seniors around the country, Bryn Mawr officials said.

Larry Perl

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