The spotlight is on four Vermont high school seniors for excellence in education.
The students were nominated to represent Vermont as part of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. It recognizes and honors the country's distinguished graduating seniors. The students were judged by their SAT scores, overall grades and teacher recommendations. These talented Vermonters now are in the running for the national competition.
"These four students will now be nominated for the national Presidential Scholars Award, which then the organization in Washington will take our nominations as well as nominations from other states," Vt. Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca said.
"Further my education and my knowledge, it's a step in the right direction and I'm hoping to further my education in architecture," said Jared Birchmore of Vergennes Union High School, who is one of the nominees.
The other nominees are Rachel Kiefaber of Rutland High School; Rebecca Rouleau of Spaulding High School; and Michael Hoffert of U-32.
The program, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, was originally established by President Lyndon Johnson.