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Two Brainerd High School seniors named Merit finalists

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Nick Greatens could hardly believe it when he got the news in September of being a semifinalist for the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program, never mind a finalist.

“I guess it’s just an honor,” said Greatens, who is active in debate, Knowledge Bowl and both the Symphonic and Jazz Band at Brainerd High School. “I was surprised to be named a semifinalist and now with 90 percent of semifinalists moving on to this round I in a way kind of expected it.

“We’ll just have to see what happens next.”

Greatens, along with fellow BHS senior Adam Warren were announced as finalists Tuesday for the coveted scholarship program.

Warren, a member of the boy’s swimming and tennis teams, is the son of Craig and Cathi Warren of Brainerd. He plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities next year with a possible major in finance.

Like Warren, Greatens’ is looking at also donning the maroon and gold at the University of Minnesota with a double major in English and chemistry. He said his

parents, Dr. Todd and Barb Greatens of Nisswa are just as excited as him about the Merit opportunity.

About 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test or PSAT/NMQT, which serves as an initial screening of program entrants.

More than half of all finalists will win a scholarship worth up to $2,500 with notifications sent by mail up until June.

JESSI PIERCE may be reached at 855-5858 or Follow her on Twitter @jessi_pierce