Two W.Va. Public School Students Named Presidential Scholars

May 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Two West Virginia public school students have been chosen to receive one of the nation's highest honors for high school seniors. David Buch of Woodrow Wilson High School and Nicole M. Hegele of Shady Spring High School, both Raleigh County, were chosen by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars as the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars for the mountain state.

“I offer my congratulations to David and Nicole for their hard work and dedication to their studies,” said state Superintendent Jim Phares. “This achievement will open the door to numerous educational opportunities for their continued success.”  

The Presidential Scholars will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. during National Recognition Week in June. A high point of the recognition program will be the individual presentations of the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion which will commemorate their having been chosen for this prestigious award.

Recognition of Scholars emphasizes the importance of achievement in secondary education and the promise of greatness in young people. Chosen for their academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community, the Scholars were selected from over 3,000 qualifying candidates. .

This year’s Presidential Scholars program is in its 50th year of operation. Established in 1964 to recognize academic achievement, the program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts as well.

Since 1983, Scholars have invited their most inspirational teacher to travel with them to Washington, D.C., to participate in the events. The teachers also receive a Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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