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Eight MHS Juniors Honored with Awards
Eight MHS Juniors Honored with Awards

Each year, Minnetonka High School (MHS) is invited to nominate high-achieving juniors for several recognition awards, sponsored by colleges and universities. The District is honored to recognize several outstanding students from the Class of 2020 for their strong record of accomplishment.

MHS College Counselor Phil Trout said, "The presentation of book awards, sponsored by colleges and universities, allows Minnetonka High School the opportunity to recognize students for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to our school community. It's always an exciting time for us to offer special tribute to a few students who 'have represented us well' by their great record of achievement."

Students do not apply for these awards. The MHS teaching faculty (who work with juniors) are invited to submit nominations, and a faculty selection committee makes the final decision on recipients for the awards. Several of the awards have specific selection criteria.

Congratulations to the following students:

The Yale Book Award

Presented by the Yale Alumni Association of the Northwest to a junior for "outstanding personal character and intellectual promise." The award is presented to Eli Quist.

The Dartmouth Book Award

Presented to a junior who "demonstrates strong character, and has made a positive contribution to the classroom and the school community." The award is presented to Levi Hoogendoorn and Sterre Hoogendoorn.

The Wellesley College Book Award

Presented to a junior in recognition of "outstanding academic achievement and leadership within the school and community." The award is presented to Sophie Moore.

The St. Lawrence University Book Award

Presented to a junior "who has consistently demonstrated academic success while establishing themselves as an integral and committed member of the school community, as evidenced by a strong record of volunteerism and community service." The award is presented to Karsten Johnson.


From left: Principal Jeffrey Erickson; Wellesley College Book Award, Sophie Moore; St. Lawrence University Book Award, Karsten Johnson; Yale Book Award, Eli Quist; Dartmouth Book Award, Levi Hoogendoorn and Sterre Hoogendoorn.

The Harvard Prize Book

Presented by the Harvard Club of Minnesota to an "outstanding student in the next-to-graduating class who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields." The award is presented to Skyler Seets.

The Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award

Presented to a junior in recognition of "outstanding achievement and superior intellectual promise in the field of science." The award is sponsored by the University of Rochester and includes a framed medallion, as well as a certificate. I am pleased to present this award to Jai Chadha.

The Rensselaer Medal Award

Presented by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to a junior for "outstanding academic achievement in the study of mathematics and science." A scholarship of $25,000 per year is guaranteed to each medalist who applies, is accepted, and chooses to enroll at RPI. The award is presented to Andres Rivas.


From left: Harvard Prize Book, Skyler Seets; Principal Jeffrey Erickson; The Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, Jai Chadha.


The Rensselaer Medal Award, Andres Rivas


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