They are ranked at the top of their graduating class at Brainerd High School.
Now, BHS seniors Logan Mohs and Max Kuehn have joined the ranks of 2,500 distinguished high school seniors in the nation.
Mohs, the son of Jann Mohs of Baxter and Bill Mohs of rural Brainerd, and Kuehn, the son of Martha and Carter Kuehn of Brainerd, have been named National Merit Scholars out of about 15,000 finalists in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program. They will receive $2,500 National Merit Scholarships.
"It's a prestigious award and quite an honor and we're proud to have them here as students," BHS principal Erich Heise said. "It's a testament to their character. They apply themselves and they've done very well."
Mohs, ranked No. 1 in his graduating class, has been accepted to Yale University, where he's considering majoring in political science. At BHS, he was active in school plays, speech and was a member of the National Honor Society. Mohs often could be found working in the BHS drama department or in television productions at the high school. This summer, he plans to work with Brainerd Community Education's Youth Connection program.
Mohs said it was a surprise to him that he became a National Merit finalist but even a greater surprise when he learned he was named a Merit Scholar.
"It's just a really great honor to be recognized for that, and the money isn't bad either," Mohs said with a laugh. "It was a very pleasant shock."
"I was very happy about it," Kuehn said of being named a National Merit Scholar.
Kuehn, ranked No. 2 in his class, has been active in Knowledge Bowl, tennis, German club, class cabinet, band, National Honor Society and is a board member of Youth As Resources. He plans to go to Northwestern University, possibly majoring in art history. He was recently named Minnesota Economics Student of the Year at the Economics Challenge sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Economic Education. His classmates also named him Most Likely to Succeed during the senior poll. His sister, Maya, a 2004 BHS graduate, also had been named a National Merit Scholar.
Paige Northway, ranked No. 3 in her BHS graduating class, was a 2007 National Merit Scholarship finalist.
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors.
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