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Six high-achieving juniors receive awards from prestigious colleges

Six high-achieving juniors receive awards from prestigious colleges
six high-achieving student receive Junior Book Awards

A group of high-achieving students will receive Junior Book Awards from prestigious colleges at a ceremony on May 19 in the Career Center at Burnsville High School.

Colleges present the awards each year across the country to 11th-grade students in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments, as well as their 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 graduate.

Burnsville High School students who received Junior Book Awards this year are:

  • Hamza Sigale — Columbia University
  • Kira Theng — Dartmouth College
  • Andrew Cronin — Harvard University
  • Nawal Warfa — Smith College
  • Victoria Biggs — U of M Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award
  • Aditya Shoor — Yale University

"Junior year is often regarded as the most challenging year in a student's high school career, said Becky Akerson, Associate of Arts Coordinator. “The Junior Book Awards provide a brief reprieve from the grind of everyday life and allow us the opportunity to recognize these students' exceptional character, work ethic, educational success and philanthropy. Burnsville High School is exceptionally fortunate to fill our classrooms and hallways with students of this caliber, and we are proud to celebrate their accomplishments"

Junior Book Awards are a nationally-known distinction, according to Akerson, who advises students to include it on their college applications.