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Boyceville High School’s Peter Duerst earns National Merit Scholarship Award

Boyceville High School senior, Peter Duerst, has earned the National Merit Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence.  He is the recipient of the National Merit Corporate Scholarship from the Mead Witter Foundation.  Peter is the son of Steve and Diane Duerst, of Boyceville.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has been recognizing outstanding academic achievement since 1956.  The NMSC has focused on selecting students based on their potential for academic success, standardized test scores, and record of leadership and community service.

The first step in being recognized for the NMSC Award is to participate in the PSAT exam as a junior in high school.  The exam measures critical reading, math and writing creating a selection index score.  Over 1.5 million students will take the pre-qualifying exam nationwide.  Peter earned the distinction of becoming 1 of 16,000 students selected as semi-finalists based on his outstanding score.  Peter represents the State of Wisconsin as being in the top 1% of all student scores on the PSAT.

After being notified of his semi-finalist status, Peter had to complete a scholarship application to determine if he would move forward in the competition.  The application provides the NMSC more information including Peter’s SAT scores, ACT scores, leadership roles, community activities, recommendation letters and course rigor.  Peter has contributed to his success by being actively involved at Boyceville High School.  He has been a State Champion for Science Olympiad, a Cross Country team member and a lead in multiple Drama performances.  He embodies a rare set of talents that are truly intrinsic to his personal character.  He is leader, a supportive team member, and a young man who takes the time to give back to his community.

Peter was notified in March that he had earned the title of National Merit Scholarship Award winner.  He is 1 of approximately 1,000 students nationwide who are honored with a Corporate Sponsored Scholarship.  Peter earned the Mead Witter Foundation Scholarship, which will be renewable over four years, as Peter pursues his college endeavors.   This fall Peter will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) focusing his studies on Mechanical Engineering.