Out of 141students from across the country who were named 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars, the two from Maine both live in Windham. Jameson McBride, who attends Windham High School, was selected, as was Taylor Church, who attends Catherine McAuley High School.
"Congratulations to Taylor and Jameson on receiving this very prestigious honor. With only 141 out of 3 million students in the country being selected this year, they have distinguished themselves not only in academic excellence but as young, passionate leaders," said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. "I think this honor also represents all the great support these two students have received from their parents, teachers and community. The town of Windham should be very proud."
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on Monday the 49th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. “Presidential Scholars demonstrate the accomplishments that can be made when students challenge themselves, set the highest standards, and commit themselves to excellence,” Duncan said.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, 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. To date there are only 6,000 student who have received this award since its inception in 1964. The program was expanded to recognize students in visual, literary and performing arts in 1979.
The 2013 ceremony will be held June 16, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.