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Student news Oct. 7, 2021

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Luverne senior named ‘commended student’
Burke Johnson, a senior at Luverne High School, was named a “Commended Student” for the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.
LHS Principal Ryan Johnson presented Johnson with a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the annual scholarship program.
Johnson was one of 50,000 high school students across the U.S. who scored high on the 2020 preliminary scholastic aptitude test PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken as high school juniors.
According to the NMSC press release, “Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in the academic development.”
The honor is based on the index scores in the reading, writing and language, and math tests.
Of the 50,000 students recognized by NMSC, about 34,000 students are named “Commended Students,” while the other 16,000 move on to the semi-final and final competition to be named Merit Scholarship winners.
Johnson is the son of Jim and Heather Johnson of Luverne.

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