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BHS Senior Named Presidential Scholars Semifinalist
Posted 04/28/2017 06:47AM

Berlin High School Student Steven Miano

Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Semifinalist


The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the Nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.  In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts.  In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.  The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people.


For the career and technical education component of the program, students are initially selected based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields.  Students are nominated through their Chief State School Officer, who can nominate up to five candidates.  All candidates complete and submit materials for review including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports, and transcripts.  A review committee evaluates candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of their essay.


Berlin High School is very proud to announce that Steven Miano has been named one of the 723 semifinalists from a pool of 5,100 students selected from across the country.  These semifinalists form the pool from which the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen.  The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will now review the applications of all semifinalists, applying the same criteria used by the review committee.  The Commission will then select up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars.


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