Grider is named National Merit Scholar

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Second at WCHS this year

By Jesse Osbourne


Washington County High School can now boast that it has two National Merit Scholars in one year.
Earlier this spring, Charlotte Campbell was named a recipient of the award.
Classmate Bob Grider was publicly announced as an award winner as well at a reception on May 25 at the Washington County High School library.
“About the time that Charlotte’s was announced publicly, I received mine privately in the mail,” Grider said.
Officials at the school couldn’t be prouder.
“It’s just an awesome accomplishment, first of all for the students and what they’ve accomplished,” said principal Paul Terrell. “It’s really good for our community, as well. With us heading for a new school in 2014, I just think it builds the momentum towards that and some positive things that are going on in our school district.”

Grider and Campbell are two of 8,000 students nationwide to win the award.
They rose to the top of the pile of 1.5 million applicants around the country.
“It’s a wonderful thing to finally see everything come to fruition.,” Grider said of his hard work.
Grider has decided to attend Virginia Tech in the fall, where he will participate in the residential honors college.
He plans to study engineering.
“There were a lot of things (that steered me to that decision),” he said. “The location, it’s far enough that I’m not just out the back door, but it’s close enough to where I’ll still be able to come back for holidays and things to see my family.”
It’s nice, his parents said, to see all of the hard work result in success.
“It’s nice to sit back and watch him now and to see him do well in theater, do well with scouting, he’s done well academically,” Inez said. “I’m not going to lie and say it’s not nice to sit back and say, ‘Wow, we finally did something right. I don’t know how we did it, but we got it done.’”
Grider has been active outside of the classroom as well.
 “I’m in the 4-H, theater downtown, I’ve been on the academic team, I’m in the marching band, I’m with youth group,” he said.
Those outside activities have helped him along the way, as well.
“It definitely teaches you how to manage your time,” he said. ‘It’s taking the time where you have it.”
Grider graduates with the class of 2011 on Friday.