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Hilgenhold honored as Presidential Scholar

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – 2018 Perry Central High School graduate Lane Hilgenhold was recently honored at the White House as a U.S. Presidential Scholar. Hilgenhold is one of 161 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 were honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 24-26.

“The trip to Washington D.C., was full of excitement and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It was inspirational to be in company with some of the top students from all around the country and to be able to share our different stories and cultures,” Hilgenhold said. “The experiences that the Presidential Scholars Program allowed me to partake in were quite amazing, from our Medallion Ceremony, to meeting President Trump in the White House. It was an honor to be able to visit the White House and meet the President of The United States of America.”

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. Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this past year, more than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2018 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State School Officers and other partner recognition organizations.

The 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,500 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.

“I want to congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars on their achievement and also thank their parents, teachers and other academic advisors who have helped guide them along the way,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “These students have pushed themselves to be the best they can be, and I am certain that devotion will serve them well as they continue their individual learning journeys.”

Since 1983, each U.S. 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.

 The teacher chosen for recognition by Hilgenhold was Perry Central’s Bob Linne.

While in high school, Lane was involved in football, track, student council, FFA, 4-H, Spanish Club, Key Club, and academic teams. He was selected as a football and track Academic All State recipient.

Lane plans to attend Murray State University in the fall and study agronomy and business administration.