Dundy County Stratton senior named Presidential Scholars candidate

Monday, February 15, 2016
Nicole Kent

BENKELMAN, Neb. -- Nicole Kent, a graduating senior at Dundy County Stratton High School, has been named a Career and Technical Education candidate as part of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Nicole is the daughter of Barb and Jim Kent of Benkelman.

The Career and Technical Education candidates were nominated by their Chief State School Officers based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community.

It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields.

Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year's senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America's youth.

All Scholars are invited to Washington, D.C. in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallions during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the 161 Scholars in May.

Of these, up to 20 will be selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

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