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Four Central Students Named State Nominees for U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE Program

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

February 4, 2020

Four Central Students Named State Nominees for U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE Program

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Four Grand Forks Central High School seniors have been named state nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program.

Rachel Craig (technology and engineering education), Aidan Fire (marketing education), Katherine Liberman (business education), and Gary Wu (marketing education) were named four of the five high school seniors in North Dakota to compete for the distinction.

“Grand Forks is very proud to have four of the five CTE state nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. It is a testament to the high quality of our CTE programs, staff, and students,” said Eric Ripley, Executive Director of CTE and Technology. “Each of these nominees are outstanding representatives both of the CTE department and school system."

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.

State nominees will now 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.

Since the Presidential Scholar in CTE Program began in 2015, Grand Forks Public Schools has at least one state nominee each year, with a total of 18 out of the 30 statewide nominees.

In 2017, Evan Welsh (Grand Forks Central High School) was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education (CTE), one of only 20 students nationwide to receive the honor in the CTE category that year.

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