Burnsville High School senior Will Trussell was selected as the winner of the National Merit 3M Scholarship. Less than 1 percent of high school seniors earn National Merit scholarships, which are awarded based on scores on the PSAT test, as well as academic success.
Will won’t find out the exact value of the scholarship until later this summer, but it will be renewable for 4 years.
As a junior, he scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam, an accomplishment that fewer than one in a thousand students nationwide obtain. At Burnsville High School, he’s involved in Quiz Bowl and Math League. He’s also in the marching band and theatre pit band.
Get to Know Will Trussell
Q: What are your plans for after graduation?
Will Trussell (WT): After graduation, I am planning on attending the University of Minnesota--College of Science and Engineering. I don't know for sure what I will study, but I would like to study something related to math and/or technology. I also plan on participating in the Marching Band at Minnesota.
Q: What do you think motivates you to succeed academically?
WT: I don't really know what motivates me to succeed academically. As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to do well in school. In kindergarten, I set the goal of achieving college tuition that was partially or fully paid for through scholarships, and everything I've done since then has been driven by that desire.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of academics?
WT: Outside of academics, I really love to play music, especially jazz. I play trumpet in Burnsville's Wind and Jazz Ensembles, and I really enjoy playing some of the more challenging music, especially in Jazz Ensemble. I also really enjoy baseball. I never played traveling, high school, or legion, but I've always played and officiated In-House Baseball. I love the relaxed atmosphere of BAC.
Q: What advice would you give to younger students to be successful in high school?
WT: My biggest piece of advice would be don't blow anything off. Everything in high school matters, whether or not it helps you get into college. For me, high school is where I built study habits and other skills that will make me a more successful college student. Blowing things off in high school just creates bad habits that make college more difficult, as well as the end of high school. That being said, senior sliding is still normal! Don't make high school a nose-to-the-grindstone thing all the time, either. Take time to make memories with friends and those close to you.