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TESSA PIERCE!! NHS Senior named Presidential Scholar!

Tessa, we could not be more proud of you and your tremendous accomplishments! Congratulations on this extremely prestigious award.

We are so excited to see what the future has in store for you. Never forget, once a Griz, always a Griz.

 

TESSA PIERCE OF NEWPORT, WA

NAMED 2021 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR 

 

U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona announced on May 13, 2021 the selection of Tessa Pierce of Newport, WA, who attends Newport High School in Newport, as a 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar. 

Pierce is one of 161 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, technical expertise, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community.  

“The 2021 Presidential Scholars represent extraordinary achievements for our extraordinary times,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “I am delighted to join President Biden in saluting these outstanding young people for their achievements, service, character and continued pursuit of excellence. Their examples make me proud and hopeful about the future. Honoring them can remind us all of the great potential in each new generation and renew our commitment to helping them achieve their dreams.”  

The  White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects 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.  

Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 6,000 candidates qualified for the 2021 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations and the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide  YoungArts™ program.  

As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 Scholars in the arts and 20 Scholars in career and technical education. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,600 of the nation’s top- performing students. 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 Pierce was Rhonda Burnham of Newport High School in Newport, Washington. 

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2021 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer.

 

Tessa Pierce - 2021 Presidential Scholar!!