Trenton Robert Merren, son of Mr. and Mrs. Trennon R. Merren of Brady, recently was promoted to lance corporal. Stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Merren’s promotion “is verification of his hard work and outstanding performance,” said R.S. Mukuta, commanding officer of headquarters battalion, 3rd Marine Division. In addition to his promotion with the U.S. Marine Corps., Merren will also be recognized in the 23rd Annual Edition of The National Dean’s List, 1999-2000. The National Dean’s List is the largest, most prestigious publication in the country recognizing gifted students selected by their deans, comparable faculty members or other educational organizations. Each year 2,500 of the nation’s finest colleges and universities use the publication as a special award to honor their finest students.