Two Roseville Students are candidates for Presidential Scholars

Two Roseville Area High School seniors have been invited to participate in the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program. (submitted photo)

Roseville Area High School seniors Hanna Melin and Kendra Bergstedt have been invited to participate in the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program.

Students are selected from across the nation to participate in the program based on their exceptional SAT and/or ACT scores.

If selected as a finalist, Hanna and Kendra will be awarded a trip to Washington, DC, where they will attend a number of cultural and social events in addition to having access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished individuals.

Hanna Melin is an active volunteer in her church, at 2nd Harvest Food Bank, and Operation Glass Slipper; a member of National Honor Society; a Link Crew leader, which helps 9th graders transition from middle school to high school; and an award-winning musician.

“She is a great student, takes challenging classes, and is a talented musician,” says Terry Johnson, a school counselor at RAHS. “Hanna is a very analytically minded student, and excels especially in her science and math classes.”

Kendra Bergstedt is passionate about protecting finite natural resources and volunteers in the University of Minnesota’s Mechanical Engineering department exploring ways to increase efficiency in solar power. Kendra has both a perfect ACT and SAT score. She is active in the American Mathematics’ Competition, Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, the American Regional Mathematics League, Roseville Jazz Band, and is a dedicated Legacy Steward.

“I have never met a student with as much intrinsic motivation and interest in subject matter,” says Kendra’s math coach, Trevor Boehne. “Kendra is after knowledge for the sake of knowledge, because she loves learning.”

Kendra and Hanna are now in the running for one of the 560 semifinalist spots, which will be announced in April. Semifinalists will be chosen based on their academics, leadership, and involvement in their school and community.

In early May, up to 141 finalists will be announced. Finalists will be invited to Washington, DC in June to participate in the Presidential Scholars National Recognition program.


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