National Merit semifinalists pictured with Principal Becker

The 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program announced semifinalists today, and their list includes four students from Maple Grove Senior High (as pictured with Principal Becker from left to right):

  • Heather Breidenbach
  • Jordan Chacko
  • Shreya Golakoti
  • Zachary Majorowicz

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants on the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

Semifinalists demonstrated an outstanding academic record throughout high school, were endorsed and recommended by a high school official, wrote an essay and earned SAT scores that confirmed the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

Partnering with the Minnesota Humanities Center, Osseo Area Schools is proud to present the “Why Treaties Matter” exhibit that features Dakota and Ojibwe people telling their stories of sovereignty, adaptability and sustainability. Students, staff and community members are invited to experience this powerful exhibit at Maple Grove Middle School, from 5:30-8 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 26. Maple Grove Middle School is located at 7000 Hemlock Ln. N in Maple Grove and the exhibit will take place in the second floor atrium.

Bring your whole family and explore the exhibit at your own pace. Dr. Ricky White, an Ojibwe elder and storyteller, will be hosting a special presentation from 7-7:30 p.m. 

This interactive, traveling exhibit is an exact replica of the newest permanent exhibit at the Minnesota State Capitol that acknowledges the Native nations of the State of Minnesota. Learn about contemporary, thriving Dakota and Ojibwe nations in Minnesota.

Maple Grove Middle School students will have the opportunity to view the exhibit in their social studies and English classes Sept. 23-27 and explore the themes of Minnesota history, tribal sovereignty and culture.

A collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, this project is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota in 2008 and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation. 

Map of North America in 1766-1767 showing Native territories

Photo: The map above shows Native territories in North America in 1766-1767.