Booker T. student named 2013 Presidential ScholarPublished 5/8/2013
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Booker T. Washington High School student Stephen Slater was named a 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholar this week by the U.S. Department of Education.
Stephen joins 141 other American high school seniors that have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community.
"Presidential Scholars demonstrate the accomplishments that can be made when students challenge themselves, set the highest standards and commit themselves to excellence," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a press release. "I'm honored to celebrate their creativity, hard work and community service, and I encourage them -- and all students -- to continue to showcase the capacity for greatness in our nation's young people."
Stephen is a two-year captain of both varsity track and cross-country teams who has been to state four times in each sport. He is a five-time national champion in both sports. Stephen received the Academic Athlete of the Year award from Booker T., as well as departmental awards in math, science and athletics. Among his many honors, Stephen also recieved the Outstanding Senior Academic Award.
After receiving his International Baccalaureate diploma this year, Stephen plans to attend Harvard University.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 15-18.
Scholars are selected annually by a White House commission. Created in 1964, the program has honored more than 6,000 students. This year one male and one female were honored in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and among U.S. families living abroad. Fifteen at-large scholars were also chosen, as well as 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, which have been recognized since 1979.
Scholars may also choose to name their most influential teacher, who will receive personal letters from the secretary of Education. Stephen chose to recognize Lindsey Manduano, a Spanish and Italian at Booker T.
Oklahoma's female Presidential Scholar is Sarah A. Keglovits, who attends Holland Hall School in Tulsa.
For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and a complete list of this year's scholars, visit www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html.