Parker student named Presidential Scholar

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

JANESVILLE—Janesville Parker High School student Samuel C. Schendel is one of three Wisconsin students to win the 2014 Presidential Scholars award, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Education.

The state's three winners are among 141 national award winners, according to the release.

“The extraordinary young men and women being honored for the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Scholars have excelled in their educational, artistic and civic pursuits,” Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, said in the release. “They show all of us that when students challenge themselves and commit themselves to excellence, the results can be astounding. These scholars will help move our country forward and will have a lasting impact on their families, communities, and on our society. They represent the potential of all young citizens to lift up America.”

The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor the nation's most distinguished high school seniors, according to the release.

One male and one female from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad were chosen, according to the release.

The Presidential Scholars will travel to Washington, D.C., in June, where they will meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, and scientists. They also will receive medallions at a ceremony sponsored by the White House, according to the release.

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