Exceptional Senior Named Presidential Scholar Nominee
Senior Christian Hernandez was recently nominated for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program by the U.S. Department of Education for his accomplishments in the career and technical education field. Hernandez attends General Douglas MacArthur High School and studies electrical technology at Levittown's Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center.
Each year, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program seeks to recognize and honor the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors and selects up to 161 students to be named Presidential Scholars. Hernandez is one of 25 students to be nominated for the honor from across New York State and one of three students from Long Island. The program will ultimately select one young man and one young woman from each state to be named as U.S. Presidential Scholars.
"It's fantastic to recognize Christian Hernandez because he has been special since he walked into our building," said Frank Creter, director of GC Tech- Career and Technical Education Center. "He has always been energetic a nd motivated to really take things to the next level. There is not one teacher here who is not ecstatic for him. He really deserves it."
Hernandez acknowledged the GC-Tech staff, his fellow students and his family for supporting him in this achievement.
"Getting this honor is extraordinary," said Hernandez. "Everyone here is amazing and the teachers have helped me so much in getting through this process. They all have a lot of faith and support in me and it's wonderful because no matter how far I get in this competition, they will still be proud."
Semifinalists will be notified in April and Presidential Scholars will be determined in May. Those chosen will receive a trip to Washington D.C. in June where they will be awarded with the U.S. Presidential Scholar medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.