STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR
2019 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Recognition is Among Nation’s Highest Honors for High School Students
The State Education Department today nominated 25 New York State high school seniors for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced. The Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Every year, one young man and one young woman from each state are named as Presidential Scholars.
“These nominations represent the culmination of four years of hard work for each of these outstanding students,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “Each has shown drive and passion in achieving excellence in their educational, artistic and civic pursuits. I am proud of these young people who will represent New York State as they move on to the national selection phase.”
“These students have excelled in school and in their communities, and their dedication shows in their amazing accomplishments,” Commissioner Elia said. “Each nominee is a stellar representative of New York’s high schools. I thank our legislators for recommending these wonderful students and wish them each luck as they pursue this incredible honor.”
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Semifinalists will be notified in mid-April and Scholars will be notified in May.
Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a trip to Washington, D.C. in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. During their visit to Washington, scholars will meet important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians and scientists. Scholars are provided opportunities to: discuss issues that concern America and the world; attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies held in their honor; visit Washington, D.C. area museums and monuments; and forge friendships with their peers from across the country.
Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program further was expanded to recognize student excellence in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
For more information on the Presidential Scholars Program, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website.
Below are comments from the legislators who recommended the 25 students.
The Academics and Arts Nominees for the 2019 Presidential Scholars Program:
Justin Hunsinger, Owego Free Academy, Owego-Apalachin Central School District
Quotes by New York State Legislators on the Presidential Scholars Nominees:
Senator Fred Akshar: "I could not be prouder that Commissioner Elia chose to nominate the 52nd Senate District's own Justin Hunsinger for the Presidential Scholars Program. Justin's hard work, dedication and ability to maintain a rigorous schedule that includes excellence in athletics, academics and community service is an outstanding example not only for his peers at Owego Free Academy, but for students across our great state. I thank the Commissioner for recognizing what so many of us see in this young man."