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Kenmore West Senior Nominated for Presidential Scholars Program

Kenmore West High School senior Trevor Higgins is among 25 New York State high school students to be nominated by the New York State Education Department for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

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 students have excelled in school and in their communities, and their dedication shows in their amazing accomplishments,” 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.