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LHS Senior Nominated for Presidential Scholars Program

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The New York State Education Department Photo of Douglas Lawrence, Julia Commane and Kate Maney.recently announced that Liverpool High School senior Julia Commane has been nominated for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

“I’m excited to announce that one of our very own hardworking Central New Yorkers, Julia Commane, has been selected as one of only 20 presidential scholars in New York State, a distinguished honor recognizing the strongest, most accomplished students across the country,” said Assemblymember Al Stirpe, who recommended Commane for the honor. “Julia has proven to be an extraordinary young leader in our community, and I want to congratulate her on this outstanding achievement and wish her only the best moving forward."

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. The U.S. Department of Education will issue invitations in 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.

Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program further was expanded to recognize student excellence in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

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