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State Education Department Announces Nominees for 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Recognition is Among Nation’s Highest Honors for High School Students

State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa today nominated 25 outstanding New York State high school seniors for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

“New York’s nominees are an impressive group of students who demonstrate academic excellence and distinguished leadership in their endeavors both in and out of school,” Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said. “Their nominations are a testament to what can be accomplished with diligence to school work and the dedication of fine teachers and mentors.”

“I am so proud of these hard-working, talented New York students and I am honored to nominate them for this prestigious program,” Commissioner Rosa said. “They are truly among the best and brightest, and I join our legislators in congratulating all of them on this honor.”

New York’s legislators nominate students from their districts and the Commissioner, as Chief State School Officer, chooses 20 nominees to advance to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for the general component and five from Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Application is by invitation only.

USDE will issue invitations in late January from among those students nominated by Chief State School Officers and from a pool based on scores on the SAT or ACT. Semifinalists will be notified in mid-April and Scholars will be notified in May. Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a medallion.

General Component Nominees for the 2022 Presidential Scholars Program

  • Britney Bennett, Elmont Memorial High School, Sewanhaka Central High School District
  • Leland Blevins, Parishville-Hopkinton High School, Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District
  • Brandon Campagna, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, NYC Geographic District #2
  • Lucia Cardona, Fairport High School, Fairport Central School District
  • Stephanie Espinoza-Perez, Cardinal Spellman High School
  • Zavier Foster, Baldwin High School, Baldwin Union Free School District
  • Britney Gramajo Barrios, White Plains High School, White Plains City School District
  • Jaden Halevi, Saunders Trades and Technical High School, Yonkers Public Schools
  • Samantha Hart, Northern Adirondack High School, Northern Adirondack Central School District
  • George Henry, The Clinton School, NYC Geographic District #2
  • Alana Iacovissi, Rome Free Academy, Rome City School District
  • Rayna Isber, Fort Hamilton High School, NYC Geographic District #20
  • Nishaant Jacobus, Amherst Central High School, Amherst Central School District
  • Caroline Johansen, Saugerties High School, Saugerties Central School District
  • Kaylee Lacey, Medina Jr.-Sr. High School, Medina Central School District
  • Joshua Li, Fort Hamilton High School, NYC Geographic District #20
  • Joseph Mathew, Hauppauge High School, Hauppauge Public School District
  • Zoe Meister, The Beacon School, NYC Geographic District #2
  • Justin Shnayder, Staten Island Technical High School, NYC Geographic District #31
  • Michael Wong, Guilderland High School, Guilderland Central School District