Presidential Scholars Semifinalists


On March 11, Cabot seniors Heidi Cookson and Gage Sironi were honored by Governor Shumlin at a statehouse reception in recognition of their selection as semifinalists in the US Presidential Scholars Award program.

This program, started in 1964 by Executive Order of the President, recognizes and honors some our nation's most distinguished high school seniors.  Heidi and Gage are two of only ten candidates nominated directly by Vermont's Agency of Education.

Heidi and Gage will join a cohort of 560 students nationwide. In April, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will review applications and select up to 121 Academic Scholars. These finalists will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, where they will be honored in a ceremony sponsored by the White House. They will meet with government officials, educators, musicians, authors, and scientists, as well as have an opportunity to visit museums and attend concerts.

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