PMHS Senior Aiden Levy was nominated by the State Education Department as one of 25 New York State high school seniors for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
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. Semifinalists will be notified in mid-April and Scholars will be notified in May. Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion.
“Here at PMHS, I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of a community characterized by passionate educators whose goal is to not just teach, but to personally help us navigate our grueling high school years,” Aiden said. “This nomination is a testament to their incredible dedication and I look forward to completing my senior year under their guidance.”
Aiden has showcased academic excellence throughout his time at PMHS. He serves as class president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the English Honor Society and is also a member of the Rho Kappa (social studies), Math, Science and Spanish National Honor Societies. Additionally, he has been named to the high honor roll all four years of high school. Aiden has also been a member of the high school Spanish Club, in which he helped raise Latino-American awareness as well as funds for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Other extracurricular activities include participation in the Political Debate Environmental Science Clubs. Aiden has also represented the Pelicans on the field as a member of the varsity soccer team.
“I am thrilled to learn that Aiden Levy has been nominated by Interim Commissioner Betty Rosa as a candidate for recognition in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program,” said Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who recommended the nomination. “Aiden is the definition of resilient and tenacious. He has not only excelled academically, but he is a leader who has earned the respect of his peers at Pelham Memorial High School. Aiden has already demonstrated that he is the kind of person who strives to make the world a better place. I look forward to hearing more about this courageous and impressive young man.”
“I want to congratulate Aiden and his family on this incredible honor,” said PMHS Principal Mark Berkowitz. “His hard work and commitment to academic excellence and citizenship represent the values of our high school and make him deserving of this recognition. On behalf of the Pelham Memorial High School community, I would like to thank Assemblywoman Paulin for recommending Aiden and highlighting the incredible work of our teachers who do so much each day for our students.”
Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program further was expanded to recognize student excellence in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.