Cherry Creek grad named Presidential Scholar

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Cherry Creek High School graduating senior Edwin Bodoni was named a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced in a news release.

Bodoni is one of 161 high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, technical expertise, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community, the news release says. The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored June 23-25 in Washington, D.C.

“I want to congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars on their achievement both inside of the classroom and out,” DeVos said in the release. “Their hard work and commitment to excellence, no matter what challenge they are tackling, will serve them well throughout their lifelong learning journeys. I have no doubt that many of tomorrow’s leaders are among this year’s class of scholars.”

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

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 7,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Since 1983, each U.S. Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. Each distinguished teacher is honored with a personal letter from the Secretary of Education. The teacher chosen for recognition by Bodoni was John Wiley of Challenge School in Denver.

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