Suresh webMalavika Suresh, senior at Maple Grove Senior High, was named a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winner. Malavika is one of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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, who analyzed qualifying criteria: student academic records including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Malavika is currently participating in Post Secondary Education Opportunity (PSEO), taking all of her senior year classes at the University of Minnesota. Her course load includes high-level classes such as Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations.

At Maple Grove Senior High, she participates in speech, debate, math team, and Leadership Council of the National Honor Society. Throughout her high school career, Malavika has volunteered at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale and works as a math tutor at Kumon. She has studied Bharathnatyam (Indian classical dance) for 12 years and currently teaches classes to youth. She plans to study biochemistry and economics at Carleton College.

The 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition began in October 2012 when approximately 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state representational basis. Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition.

From that group, 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2014 program, about 8,000 Finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and receive a total of more than $35 million in college scholarships.

-Published May 9, 2014


Anthony Bogachev, a junior from Maple Grove Senior High, was honored at the 2014 Rose Rees Peace Awards on April 30. Anthony is the first student from Osseo Area Schools to receive this award but he was also the first person from our district. Recipients are recognized for their demonstrated interest in and outstanding commitment to international relations and world peace. Twenty-one students were recognized this year.

Jen Riewe and Pat Sheehan nominated Anthony for his tireless work on MUN (Model United Nations). Anthony was required to submit a 500-word essay on his vision for world peace.

The Rose Rees Peace Awards have been given annually since 1935 and are named in honor of Rose Rees, president of the Minneapolis Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.


 “There is no them; there is only us.” – Bill Clinton

Anthony’s essay reveals how this quote, seen on a bumper sticker, inspired him to join activities like debate and Model United Nations. Here is an excerpt from his essay: 

I discovered that discussion and debate are the most powerful forces in making “them” into “us.” Although debating issues may seem polarizing and counterproductive, it provides a window into the views of the other side – a window usually obscured by hatred and irrational thought. Productive debate forces conflicting parties to construct logical and coherent arguments and gives each party the ability to advocate for their own beliefs, while taking into consideration those of the other side. 

 -Published May 5, 2014