Burnsville High School senior Will Trussell has achieved another national academic distinction.
He’s among fewer than one percent of U.S. 12th-grade students whose scores on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test have made them 2019 National Merit Semifinalists.
As a semifinalist, Will will be considered for finalist status (to be announced in February) and potential scholarships.
Last year, Will found out that he achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam, another accomplishment that fewer than 0.1 percent of students nationwide obtain.
“For a student to achieve just one of these academic distinctions is amazing, but to have achieved both is truly remarkable,” said Principal Dave Helke. “We’re proud of Will and congratulate him on his success. We know he has a bright future ahead.”
“Will is an extremely motivated student,” said Kristina Aars, American history teacher at Burnsville. “He is naturally, extremely intelligent, but he also works very hard.”
At Burnsville High School, William is involved in Quiz Bowl and Math League. He’s also in the marching band and theatre pit band.
“Being on the Quiz Bowl team and involved in Math League definitely helped with taking the test,” said Will. “I’m used to working under pressure and within time constraints while trying to remember theorems and formulas.”
Will is applying to the University of Minnesota and is interested in studying engineering.