U.S. Secretary of Education John King announced May 4 that Eaglecrest High School senior Danielle Newton is a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Newton is one of 160 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community. The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C. June 19-21.
Since 1983, each Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. Each distinguished teacher is honored with a personal letter from the Secretary of Education. Newton selected EHS math teacher Jason Gould as her most influential teacher.
“He really cares about his students and their learning,” Newton said. “He makes the class so fun and so enjoyable.”
Newton will attend Princeton University in the fall where she will study molecular biology. She plans to pursue a career in medical research.
“I picture myself working in a lab…Researching cures for diseases is kind of my dream,” Newton said.
In addition, Grandview High School senior Braden Moore was named a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. He is one of only 12 Semifinalists from Colorado and 689 Semifinalists nationwide who were selected from nearly 4,700 candidates.
In the fall, Moore will attend the Colorado School of Mines where he will pursue a double major in mechanical engineering and computer science.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors.
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars group comprise one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad. The group also includes 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and for the first time, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,000 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.