2016-02-04 / Around Town

Rogers Students Compete in Presidential Scholar Program


(Photo by Marcin Rembisz) (Photo by Marcin Rembisz) Mateo Beccar-Varela (left) and Timothy J. Pratt (right), both seniors at Rogers High School, have been invited to compete in the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program. Students participate based on a variety of criteria: academic and artistic accomplishments, demonstrated leadership skills, and school and community involvement. Mateo will be competing against 68 other students from around the state to be one of two Rhode Island Scholars (one boy; one girl). Tim will be among six Rhode Islanders hoping to be one of 20 Career and Technical Education Scholars recognized nationwide.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by executive order of the president, to recognize and honor the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to include students demonstrating exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was extended further to recognize accomplishments in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Only 75 students in the state were selected and only one other student from Aquidneck Island is in the running.

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