Walsingham Senior A 'Commended Student' In National Merit Scholarship Program

For being among the top 50,000 students who took the 2020 Preliminary SAT, Emma Grace Baker, a member of Walsingham Academy's Class of 2022, has been named a Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

"Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success said," a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation said. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of education excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their education opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

Grace, who has attended the Academy since 7th grade, credits Walsingham’s holistic approach to learning with helping her become the student she is today.

“Walsingham has allowed me to not only grow in my education and studies, but also to grow in my character, integrity, and sense of community,” Grace said.

While at Walsingham, she has played basketball and volleyball, and plays the violin for the Academy’s band. She also participates in her church’s youth group. She plans to study nursing in college.

Those who have taught and gotten to know Grace over the years have come to expect outstanding academic results from her.

“I was thrilled—and not surprised—to learn that Grace Baker earned the distinction of being named a Commended Student,” social studies teacher Mrs. Laura Broderick said. “I have had the pleasure of teaching Grace for two years and she consistently achieves academic excellence with ambition, diligence, and honor. We are blessed to have Grace as a leader in our Walsingham community and are delighted for her tremendous accomplishments!”