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Two West Virginia Students Named Presidential Scholars

May 12, 2005

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two West Virginia students were recently named 2005 Presidential Scholars by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. The federal program is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school seniors.  

Out of 2,600 candidates, Ms. Marissa Cevallos, a student at George Washington High School, Kanawha County, and Mr. Mitchell Kosowski, a student at Wheeling Park High School, Ohio County, were among the 141 students nationwide selected for the prestigious honor.  

The scholars are selected on the basis of the accomplishment in many areas – academic and artistic success, leadership, and involvement in their schools and communities.  

“Marissa and Mitchell's selection as Presidential Scholars emphasizes the importance of achieving a high quality education,” said State Schools Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “This distinction will open many doors to greater opportunities. I congratulate both of these fine students and wish them the best for bright future.”  

Both Marissa and Mitchell will receive an all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. during National Recognition Week and will be awarded Presidential Scholars medallions at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.  

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to honor some of our nation’s most distinguished high school seniors.

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