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

News Release                                          

For Immediate Release                                                     

December 10, 2020

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

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

Baylor Anttila (Grand Forks Central High School), Alexandra Anderson (Red River High School), Derek Chaves (Red River High School), Broden Diederich (Red River High School), Dennis Du (Grand Forks Central High School), Ella Fosse (Red River High School), Haley Gereau (Grand Forks Central High School), Anton Golovko (Grand Forks Central High School), Jacob Hanson (Grand Forks Central High School), Nabeel Hossain (Red River High School), Jakob Stevenson (Grand Forks Central High School), and Theodore Tchomakhidze (Red River High School) have been submitted to the North Dakota Department of CTE for consideration of the award.

“These students possess the outstanding talents, leadership skills, and character traits that make each of them an excellent representative for the Grand Forks Public Schools and our district’s CTE programs” states Eric Ripley, executive director of career and technical education and technology at Grand Forks Public Schools.

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 2021 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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