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Two BHS seniors selected as National Merit semifinalists

Seniors Blake Andert and Trang Truong have been selected as National Merit Semifinalists based on their PSAT score. They are among 279 students from Minnesota who have been named semifinalists for 2017.

Pictured from left, Trang Truong and Blake Andert
The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced between April and July of 2017 and be awarded 7,500 scholarships worth about $33 million.
“Congratulations to Blake and Trang on being among the most academically-talented student scholars in the nation,” said Principal Dave Helke. “We are very proud of what they have accomplished and know that they will continue to excel as they graduate from Burnsville High school and go on to college and career.”
Not only do the two students excel in the classroom, both are actively involved in extracurricular activities.
Blake has been involved with Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society, the cross country team and Olympic Weightlifting, and he volunteers his time with various groups throughout the year. He plans on majoring in either engineering or math at the University of Minnesota.
Trang participates in Quiz Bowl and National Honor Society, too, and is involved in Math League and Pit Orchestra. In his spare time, he volunteers at Gideon Pond and the Dakota Valley Symphony Orchestra. Trang plans on majoring in biology or biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. He made school history this year by earning perfect scores on both the PSAT and the ACT college admissions tests.   
Along the way, Blake and Trang have been mentored and inspired by their teachers and coaches.
For Blake, his Olympic Weightlifting coach, Scott Sahli, instilled in him the value of hard work. Trang was always encouraged by his math teacher, Chuck Croatt, to think outside the box, both in life and solving math problems.
Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 13:27