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Briarcliff HS Student Named Presidential Scholar Finalist

Briarcliff High School senior Anastasia Friedland was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar finalist.
Briarcliff High School senior Anastasia Friedland was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar finalist. Photo Credit: Contributed.

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. – Briarcliff High School senior Anastasia Friedland is one of 10 New York State high school seniors named as a U.S. Presidential Scholar Finalist.

“This prestigious award recognizes students for their accomplishments in academics or the arts,” Education Commissioner John B. King said in a press release.

“All of these nominees have demonstrated exceptional academic success and artistic excellence. They are truly the best New York has to offer.”

New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef nominated Friedland for the honor.

“I am thrilled that Anastasia Friedland was recognized by Commissioner King’s office as one of five young women, along with five young men, moving on to the national level to be considered for the Presidential Scholars Award,” Galef said in a press release.

“Anastasia has a unique story of overcoming many hardships and yet persevering to meet and surpass expectations and maintain a high academic average. [She does this] as she pursues her dreams, all while continuing to give back to her community. She is very deserving of this recognition, and I wish her all the best in the next round of decision-making.”

Up to 141 students throughout the country ultimately will be named U.S. Presidential Scholars. They will participate in an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. in June.

“Anastasia Friedland is insightful and analytical in sociopolitical and economic issues, most specifically in the area of women’s rights and equality,” said Briarcliff High School Principal Debora French in a press release.

“She has taken an active approach in researching legislation that promotes the health and economic equality of women. Anastasia’s nomination as a Presidential Scholar finalist is recognition of her sincere efforts for women and their families.”

“The Briarcliff High School community congratulates Anastasia on this prestigious nomination.” 

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