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UHS Senior Named National Merit Finalist

Of over 1.5 million entrants, Urbandale High School senior, Nathan Torstenson, has earned the prestigious honor of being named a 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program Finalist. In order to become a Finalist, Torstenson achieved high scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) as well as the actual SAT, possessed an Nathan Torstenson National Merit Finalist 2015_resizedexemplary academic record, was involved in activities and leadership roles, developed a compelling essay submission and completed a number of other highly competitive requirements. Torstenson will advance as a Finalist in the academic competition and will be considered for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million and an opportunity to earn the notable Merit Scholar® title.

“We take great pride in the academic reputation of Urbandale High School. Nothing reinforces that reputation like an individual who achieves to the nation’s highest level and meets the rigorous standards of the National Merit Scholarship Program,” said Dr. Brian Coppess, Urbandale High School Principal. “Nathan worked very hard to earn this distinction. I proclaim well done to Nate and his parents and offer a heartfelt thank you to Nate for being an outstanding scholar and role model and for representing the J-Hawk Way so well.”

Since its founding in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized 3 million students and provided approximately 387,000 scholarships worth over $1.5 billion. The three types of Merit Scholarship awards include the National Merit® $2500 Scholarships, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. The 2015 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. If Torstenson becomes a National Merit Scholarship winner he will not only join more than 308,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title, but will also join his father, Cam Torstenson, who was a 1985 graduate of UHS and a National Merit Scholar.

Transforming education throughout the Urbandale Community School District is at the core of every learning experience. Urbandale believes that supporting students in their academic pursuits—be it participating in nationwide academic competitions, learning critical thinking tools to solve business challenges, or contributing leadership skills during the Step UP initiative—is fundamental for preparing students to become college- and/or career-ready. The Urbandale Community School District congratulates Torstenson on receiving this prestigious and well-deserved recognition.


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