With her high school career coming to an end, Wilton High School senior and Warrior Words columnist Evaline Xie has a lot to look forward to, and a lot to be proud of.
Earlier this month, Evaline was named a 2015 National Merit Scholar as well as a U.S. Presidential Scholar — both of which “completely stunned” her.
Evaline is one of two Presidential Scholars from Connecticut and one of 141 students across the country selected by a panel of educators on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school.
“I never even thought I could make it to the semifinalist stage when I was first applying [for the Presidential Scholars Program],” she said.
“I remember working on the application in February or so — more essays than a college application — and wondering if it was worth spending so much time on such a distant possibility, but I’m so glad I finished it.”
As a scholar, Evaline has been invited to a June recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., where she and the other scholars will receive U.S. Presidential Scholar medallions and participate in various activities and events held in their honor.
“I feel hugely honored to receive the award and to go to D.C. in June,” said Evaline, who named math teacher David Delzell as her most influential teacher for the Presidential Scholar award.
“I have had tons of amazing teachers at Wilton High School, several of whom I feel have especially influenced me, but Mr. Delzell’s calculus class was probably the first time I actually realized and felt confident about a subject I wanted to study in the future,” said Evaline.
“I’m disappointed that the Recognition Program in Washington, D.C., has ended most of its programs for teachers in the last several years, but I still feel like the teacher recognition is a huge, important part of the awards program overall.”
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