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Teddy HowardColumbia High School senior Teddy Howard was recently named a National Merit Scholarship finalist, meaning he remains eligible for one of the 7,500 Merit Scholarships given out nationwide this spring.

Mr. Howard was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist in the fall based on his score for the 2021 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Only 16,000 students were named finalists out of approximately 1.5 million who entered the program.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Mr. Howard, who plans on attending Middlebury College in the fall.

Mr. Howard is one of the top students at Columbia with a 98.65 unweighted GPA. He is a team leader for Columbia Science Olympiad, winning a silver medal at the 2023 NYS Championships and a gold medal at the 2023 Regional Championships. He plays saxophone in the school Jazz Band and competes on the MasterMinds team, which enters the playoffs with an undefeated record.

Outside of school, Mr. Howard is active in Boy Scouts, earning the Life Scout Rank and serving as a Senior Patrol Leader. He is also a 46er, hiking all 46 high peaks in the Adirondack mountains.

“Teddy is a great student and person,” said Columbia Principal Michael Harkin. “The past four years Teddy has had a positive impact on his peers and teachers.”