Junior book awards

This year's Junior Book Award recipients are Ushmil Azad, Sean Floersch, Abigail Fors, Anh Lien, Christine Maina, Charlie Mejia and Marwa Osman.

Seven Burnsville High School juniors were awarded Junior Book Awards from several colleges during a ceremony last week, according to a news release from the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District. 

This year's recipients are Ushmil Azad, Sean Floersch, Abigail Fors, Anh Lien, Christine Maina, Charlie Mejia and Marwa Osman.

Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Smith College, the University of Minnesota, Wellesley College and Yale University gave the awards. 

Colleges present the awards each year across the country to 11th grade students in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments, dedication to learning, leadership, school involvement and community service.

Each award recipient receives a book that is connected to the college in some way, often written by a professor or alumnus.

"The award is a testament to everything they have done inside and outside of the classroom during their entire academic career," said Principal Dave Helke in a statement. "They have worked hard, strived to do their best and have found success in many ways."

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