Bulletin area students awarded National Merit Scholarships

This year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, just 2,500 students across the country who were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, were judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The finalists represent the top scorers among 1.5 million students who took the qualifying National Merit test, and became finalists after a committee evaluated their academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay; and a recommendation written by a high school official. Locally, the $2,500 scholarship winners include:

•  Andrew J. Sweeney, New Brighton, an Irondale High School student who intends to study engineering and has been given a scholarship sponsored by 3M.
Leyla Andromeda Vervena Soykan, Shoreview, a Mounds View High School student who intends to study engineering. She received a scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation itself.

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