Seven high-achieving juniors received Junior Book Awards from prestigious colleges during a ceremony at Burnsville High School on May 16.
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 awarded seven book awards from Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Smith College, University of Minnesota, Wellesley College and Yale University.
Students receiving Junior Book Awards this year are:
Ushmil Azad – University of Minnesota, Norman Bourlag Science Achievement Award
Sean Floersch – Yale University
Abigail Fors – Dartmouth College
Anh Lien – Smith College
Christine Maina –Harvard University
Charlie Mejia – Columbia University
Marwa Osman – Wellesley College
"The award is a testament to everything they have done inside and outside of the classroom during their entire academic career," said Principal Dave Helke. "They have worked hard, strived to do their 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.