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Trenton Student Honored as 2013 National Merit Semifinalist

Trenton High School senior Ian Boettner plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering from one of two schools to which he has applied -- the Michigan Technological University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ian Boettner was honored at the Trenton Board of Education meeting Monday for being a semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Boettner, a senior at Trenton High School, has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring, according to a release by Trenton Public Schools.

Boettner thanked the Trenton Public School system and high school Principal Michael Doyle for his success. He plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering from one of two schools to which he has applied -- the Michigan Technological University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"There's a lot offered to National Merit semifinalists, it turns out," Boettner said. "I'm very thankful for it."

High school Principal Michael Doyle introduced Boettner at the meeting.

"That's incredible that out of all the kids in the country, only 16,000 ever achieve what Ian's accomplished," Dolye said.

Boettner's parents Cynthia and Scott Boettner attended the meeting in support of their son.

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