National Merit Scholarship Finalist

National Merit Scholarship Finalist Click to Enlarge Photo: ISD 748

(KNSI) - Sartell High School is excited to announce that one of its brightest students is a National Merit Scholar Finalist.

The school district's news release on the student's achievement is below.

Sartell High School Senior Nicholas Juntunen, son of Dan and Denae Juntunen, is a National Merit Scholar Finalist. Juntunen is in the top one-half of one percent of all 1.7 million students who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).

Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert knows Juntunen through his work serving as a student representative on the School Board. Schwiebert stated, “This is a remarkable achievement for a remarkable young man.”

Sartell High School Principal Brenda Steve shared, “Nicholas possesses the ability to lead and is wellregarded by his classmates as someone who follows through on his word and strives to make the community a better place.”

In addition to serving as a student representative for both the Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 School Board and the District’s Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment committee for the last two years to provide a student perspective on the new high school and review the school district instructional program, Nicholas volunteers as a keyboardist in church, a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as a math tutor.

Juntunen is involved in many school and community activities and has served in leadership roles in several of those activities including Vice-President/Student Council, Captain/Track and Field, Captain/Cross Country (where he also received a Scholastic Athlete Award), Treasurer/National Honor Society, and Treasurer/Class Office.

National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced between April and July.

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