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Colleges honor seven outstanding juniors at BHS

Seven high-achieving juniors received Junior Book Awards from prestigious colleges during a ceremony at Burnsville High School on May 26.
 

Pictured from left: Erin Williams, Emma Hakanson, Blake Andert, Abigail Herzog, Madeline Strey, Trang  Truong and Krista Holmstrom
Colleges present the awards each year across the country to 11th grade students in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments, dedication to learning, leadership, school involvement and community service. Each award recipient receives a book that is connected to the college in some way, often written by a professor or alumnus.
 
Burnsville High School students who received Junior Book Awards this year are:
 
  • Blake Andert – Harvard University
  • Emma Hakanson  - Columbia University
  • Abigail Herzog – Wellesley College
  • Krista Holmstrom – Smith College
  • Madeline Strey – Dartmouth College
  • Trang Truong – University of Minnesota, Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award
  • Erin Williams – Yale University
"The award is a testament to everything you have done inside and outside of the classroom during your entire academic career," said Principal Dave Helke. "You have worked hard, strived to do your best and have found success in many ways. Congratulations on this recognition."
 
Junior Book Awards are a nationally-known distinction, according to school counselor Becky Akerson, who advises students to include it on their college applications.
 
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:00