Assemblyman Bob Oaks, R-130th Dist., recently honored North Rose-Wolcott High School student Cheyenne Boone for being selected by New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.
Oaks nominated Boone for the recognition, which is one of the nation’s higher honors for high school students. One man and one women from each state are named presidential scholars.
The program was established in 1964 by executive order of the president to recognize and honor some of the nation’s more distinguished graduating high school seniors. The program was extended in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. The program was expanded in 2016 to recognize student excellence in career and technical education programs.
U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a trip to Washington, D.C., in June and a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. The students will meet national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians and scientists.
“I am pleased that Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia selected Cheyenne Boone, an exemplary senior at North Rose-Wolcott High School, as a nominee from New York state for the presidential scholars program,” Oaks said. “Cheyenne, who I recommended for this prestigious honor, is a member of the National Honor Society and is involved in many class activities. She is a scholar athlete and excels in art with an emphasis on photography. Her teachers praise her as a positive role model for her two siblings as well as other members of the student body. I wish her much good fortune as she moves forward in the presidential scholars program.”
North Rose-Wolcott school counselor Amy Beresford recommended Boone to Oaks.
“Cheyenne embodies the academic and social principles of the school,” Beresford said. “She makes my job easier by being a role model to the other students both academically and socially. Cheyenne will do well no matter what path she chooses.”
Boone is the daughter of John and Margaret Boone, of Lyons. Beresford said Boone is undecided where she will go to college and what she will study.
Oaks makes the request for nominees each fall and encourages school officials in every school system in the district to offer candidates. The commissioner selected another of Oaks’ nominees, Emma May from Palmyra-Macedon, as a semifinalist in the competition in 2016.
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