Four students at Burnsville High School are among the most academically-talented scholars in the country based on their performance in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program.
Three seniors, above from left, Cormac Pearce, Zander Gorton and Terra Tvedt have been named as Commended Students, a designation earned by fewer than three percent of students in the country who took the test.
“These students have earned significant academic recognition—the type that is noticed by admission offices at colleges and universities," said Ashley Welke, a counselor at Burnsville High School. "They can take great pride in their accomplishment."
Cormac attended Sky Oaks Elementary and Metcalf Junior High. His favorite subject this year is AP Calculus BC, and extra curricular activities include robotics team, National Honor Society, soccer and tennis. Cormac, son of Leo Pearce and Michaela Gallagher of Burnsville, is interested in studying computer science.
Zander attended Rahn and Harriet Bishop Elementary Schools and Metcalf Junior High. His favorite subject this year is literature, and he’s involved in chess, BurnsvilleStrong, senior class officers and the Quiz Bowl team. Zander, son of Drew and Rachel Gorton of Burnsville, is considering going into politics or become an entrepreneur.
Terra attended Harriet Bishop Elementary and Eagle Ridge Junior High. AP Computer programming is her favorite subject this year and she is involved in the Legacy Career Club. Terra, daughter of Hilarie and Michael Tvedt of Savage, is considering becoming a videogame designer and developer and/or programmer.
In addition, it was announced earlier this fall that Will Trussell is among fewer than one percent of US 12th-grade students whose scores on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test have made them National Merit Semifinalists. He will be considered for finalist status (to be announced in February) and potential scholarships.
Will is involved in Quiz Bowl and Math League. He’s also in the marching band and theatre pit band. He is applying to the University of Minnesota and is interested in studying engineering. Will, son of Jeanne and Patrick Trussell of Burnsville, attended William Byrne Elementary and Metcalf Junior High.