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Twenty-one Breck students receive Scholars of Distinction awards

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Twenty-one Breck students were named 2017 Minnesota Scholars of Distinction or Meritorious Performers in the areas of STEM, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Leadership on May 11.

The Scholars of Distinction program is the Minnesota Department of Education’s highest honor and given annually to students from across the state.

According to the department’s website, students may earn this recognition by completing required work in the Minnesota Academic Standards, demonstrating mastery of complex subject matter and applying their knowledge to challenging projects.

This year, 49 awards were presented with 22 coming back to Breck, including all students enrolled in the Advanced Science Research program. Elena Berman, received the distinguished honor of being named in both the Mathematics and Leadership categories.

Scholars of Distinction and Meritorious Performance Awardees in STEM, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Leadership include:

Science

Scholars of Distinction

Maya Czeneszew '18
Addison Gleekel '18
Karthik Papisetty '19
Samuel Rex '17
Melinda Samaratunga '18

Meritorious Performance

Jyotirmya Kumar '17
Hyunsoo (Brian) Song '18

Mathematics

Scholars of Distinction 

Elena Berman '17
Raunak Vijayakar '17
Genevieve Weiler '17

Meritorious Performance

Samuel Aronson '18
Siyuan Ma '18
Archana Murali '17

STEM

Meritorious Performance 

John Dempsey '17
Emma Carr '18
Jiaheng He '17
Sung-Wan Huh '17
James Williams IV '17

Social Studies

Scholars of Distinction 

Gigi Gunderson '17

Meritorious Performance

Warren Van Lundsgaard '17
Emily Pluhar '17

Leadership

Meritorious Performance

Elena Berman '17