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Student recognized for academic achievements

William Ferchland

One might not expect a person with the name Bubba to be among the smartest high school seniors in the nation.

But for those who know Bubba Romagnolo it won’t come as a surprise.

Romagnolo, whose real first name is Sebastiani, was named a Commended Student in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A student receives such an honor by scoring high on the Preliminary SAT. Romagnolo took the test last school year in the fall as a junior.

More than 1.4 million students take the PSAT, according to South Tahoe High School counselor Michelle Reilly. To be a Commended Student, one must be among the top 34,000 students, or 2 percent, who took the test. “He’s done very, very well,” Reilly said.

Last year senior Greg Gaskin reached National Merit Scholarship finalist status, an even more elite level.

“It’s cool to know we’re doing well over here in Tahoe,” Romagnolo said. “Great teachers.”

Romagnolo hopes to attend New York University next year and enroll in the school’s theater arts program.

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