Seven high-achieving juniors receive awards from prestigious colleges
During a small, socially-distanced ceremony on May 13 at Burnsville High School, a group of high-achieving students received Junior Book Awards from prestigious colleges.
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 High School students who received Junior Book Awards this year are:
Zoe Olson — Columbia University
Umith Azad — Dartmouth College
Helen Hoang — Harvard University
Nadia Maxamed — Smith College
Jayden Chow — U of M Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award
Anna Tran — Wellesley College
Payton Bunnell — Yale University
"The award is a testament to everything you have done inside and outside of the classroom during your entire academic career," said Principal Dave Helke. "You have worked hard, strived to do your 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.