Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees meetings often start with celebrations of student accomplishments and achievements.

On Wednesday night, the evening began with accolades for student school board member Rosalie Daval. Daval has advanced to be named a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

She did so "by demonstrating through distinguished performance high potential for future academic accomplishment."

The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from a group of more than 15,000 finalists across the country is now in progress. Scholarship offers will be mailed to winners in March, and names will be made public this summer.

From the audience, Jackson Hole High School Principal Scott Crisp chimed in with additional praise for Daval. She's been invited to interview with the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia. Out of 20,000 nominations from around the world, only 120 reach that point.

Contact Kylie Mohr at 732-7079, schools@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGschools.

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