Cottonwood Classical's own 2016 graduate Sage Herrick has been selected for the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Candidates are evaluated on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership, service, and extracurricular activities in selecting only one young woman and one young man from each state.
Sage was selected from more than 4,700 nominated candidates across the nation, and she is the second Presidential Scholar that Cottonwood Classical has produced in just eight years of operation. The U.S. Department of Education calls this accolade "one of the Nation's highest honors for high school students."
Sage traveled to Washington, D.C. this last weekend (June 19th) in order to receive her Presidential Scholars medallion and be recognized in the national salute to scholars. In addition, Denise Gianopoulos was recognized as one of our nation's Distinguished Teachers, with Sage being her nominating scholar.
This year, 160 high school seniors were selected for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. More information can be found here concerning the awards for the 2016 class, history of the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, as well as background concerning this year's selection process.