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Two Brainerd High School seniors named Merit finalists


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.

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Jessi Pierce
Born: 9/28/1987 (age 24) High School: Mahtomedi High School (home of the Zephyrs) in Mahtomedi, Minn. College: Journalism and Mass Communications degree from Iowa State University (Class 2010) Passions: Sharing the story. I love getting to know people, and in particular this town as it is so new to me, and being able to share something about them with the public. That and sports, especially hockey and lacrosse. Follow me on Twitter @jessi_pierce (views on Twitter do not represent that of the Brainerd Dispatch)
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