US Presidential Scholars: 4 Nassau County High School Seniors Awarded Top Honor

These students have a date with the president.

Six high school seniors from New York have been named US Presidential Scholars. 

Six high school seniors from New York have been named US Presidential Scholars. 

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Six graduating seniors from New York were among just 161 high school students across the country to be selected as a US Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest honors for students.

Established in 1964, the award recognizes distinguished seniors who have shown exceptional accomplishments in areas like academics, leadership, and service to their school and communities.

The program was later expanded to include students in the visual, creative, and performing arts, and in career and technical education fields.

In the Empire State, the following graduating seniors were named 2024 US Presidential Scholars:

Nassau County

  • Ariana Amanda Watson – Lawrence High School in North Woodmere
  • Detola D. Badmus – Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Elmont
  • Elaine Wong – Garden City Senior High School
  • Natasha Kulviwat – Jericho Senior High School

New York City

  • Sheldon Y. Liu – Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan

Onondaga County

  • Thomas A. Willsll – Cicero North Syracuse High School

All six students will be invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, which features various events and enrichment activities. 

Their visit will culminate in a medallion presentation ceremony at the White House.

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