Senior nominated for Presidential Program

BHS senior named 2020 Nominee for Presidential Scholars Program
Posted on 12/20/2019

Congratulations to Paige Drumm who was named a nominee for the 2020 Presidential Scholar Program. Drumm is one of 20 seniors chosen in New York state for this prestigious award. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
“These students have shown excellence in their academics as well as their artistic and technical endeavors,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “As well-rounded students, they serve as role models for all young people. I commend these nominees who will represent New York State during the national selection process.”
Application for the program is by invitation only, therefore, students may not apply individually to the program, nor may their schools nominate them. Drumm was recommended for nomination by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.
“I am proud to have recommended Paige Drumm from Binghamton High School for the prestigious Presidential Scholars program,” Lupardo said. “Paige is most deserving of this honor ranking in the top 10 in her class, while also balancing a number of extracurricular activities and holding down a job. Her hard work and dedication will undoubtedly lead to success in the future and I congratulate her on this nomination.”

Drumm said the application process was stressful but that she had help from her guidance counselor Glenn Whittington and her parents.

“I feel very thankful to be nominated for this award,” she said. “Out of a pool of students, I am incredibly excited and thankful to be nominated for such a high quality and competitive scholarship.”

Drumm plans on attending Rochester Institute of Technology where she will study mechanical engineering.

Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. in June and will receive a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. During their visit to Washington, scholars will meet important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, and scientists. The program was established in 1964 by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our Nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. For over 55 years, this unique federal program has honored more than 7,500 U.S. Presidential Scholars, who have demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and contribution to school and community.

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