The challenge is a motivator


The student: Mary Kate Nugent, 18

School: Mount de Sales Academy

Special achievement: Chosen as a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

What she says about it: "I nearly died of shock because I didn't expect to make it that far. It was a nice surprise, and I'm very happy about it."

What motivates her: "I am trying to do better in a little competition with myself. I like a challenge, and if things are too easy it's dull. Reading has always been important to me. If I hadn't read so much and such varied books, I wouldn't know half as much as I do."

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