The Vermont Agency of Education recognized South Burlington High School seniors Allison Barritt and Trevor Houchens as Vermont Presidential Scholars, acknowledging the two for their outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service to their communities. Barritt and Houchens were two of twenty students who were nominated state-wide.
All the Vermont scholars will be invited to apply to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which will announce its winners in May 2017. Additional Vermont students may be chosen to apply by the U.S. Department of Education based on ACT and SAT scores. Each year, up to 161 students are named as national Presidential Scholars, one of the highest honors for high school students.
“All of these students are being recognized not just for exceptional academics and skill, but also for personal leadership and service. Many of them overcame extraordinary adversity on their way to this recognition. We are incredibly proud to have students like this represent Vermont
as Presidential Scholars,” said Vermont Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the president, to recognize and honor some of our 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.