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Four area seniors recognized as Vt. Presidential Scholars

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Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



Pres Scholar nominees Julian Schmitt cmyk.jpg
MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School Senior Julian Schmitt stands with his brothers, Gabriel and Henry, below a statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Vermont Statehouse last Monday. Schmitt was one of 20 Vermont seniors recognized that day as the state’s 2018 Presidential Scholar nominees. Seniors from Vergennes and Otter Valley union high schools were also honored.

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Education on Jan. 8 recognized the state’s 2018 Presidential Scholar nominees in a ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse.

The Vermont Presidential Scholars Program recognizes graduating high school seniors who show outstanding scholarship, leadership and service to their communities. Twenty (10 male and 10 female) scholars are nominated in the general category, and five scholars are nominated in the Career and Technical Education category (CTE).

Four Addison County students were included in the list of nominees: Mason Charlebois of Vergennes Union High School, Gabriela Poalino of Otter Valley Union High School, Julian Schmitt of Middlebury Union High School, and Maxwell Williams of Otter Valley Union High School.

All Vermont scholars will be invited to apply to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which will announce its winners in May 2018. Additional Vermont students may be chosen to apply by the U.S. Department of Education based on ACT and SAT scores. Each year, up to 161 students are named as national Presidential Scholars — one of the highest honors for high school students.

 “I am so proud to have these students representing Vermont as U.S. Presidential Scholar nominees,” Secretary Holcombe said. “Their exceptional academics and skills, as well as their personal leadership and service, are what set them apart.”

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