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Eleven Students Named District Nominees for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

November 25, 2019

Eleven Students Named District Nominees for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Eleven Grand Forks Public Schools seniors have been named district nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program.

Haley Blixt (Grand Forks Central High School), Rachel Craig (Grand Forks Central High School), Taylor Durbin (Red River High School), Aidan Fire (Grand Forks Central High School), Braelyn Liang (Red River High School), Katherine Liberman (Grand Forks Central High School), Thomas Marshall (Red River High School), Cole Ogren (Red River High School), Mark Olmedo (Red River High School), Gabriel Randall (Grand Forks Central High School), and Gary Wu (Grand Forks Central High School) have been submitted to the North Dakota Department of CTE for consideration of the award.

“These students possess outstanding talents, leadership skills, and character traits that make each of them an excellent representative for Grand Forks Public Schools and our CTE programs,” said Eric Ripley, Executive Director of Career and Technical Education.

Each of the students has completed a CTE coordinated plan of study or career pathway, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and 3.25 grade point average in their CTE coordinated plan of study or career pathway, and have demonstrated technical competence, employability, ingenuity, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

The state department will review all applications before selecting up to five state applicants to advance to the Commission on Presidential Scholars. The applicants will be reviewed by a committee of qualified individuals experienced in career and technical education. The committee will choose 60 applicants to be named as semifinalists. The 60 CTE semifinalist applications will then be reviewed by the Commission on Presidential Scholars. All 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and will receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, D.C.

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