Three local students receive highest academic honor from State of Washington

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OLYMPIA – Congratulations to local High School students Sadie Smith, Serena Ranney, and Carly Stauffer – their names were among a select few across the state to receive Washington’s highest academic honor announced by the Washington Student Achievement Council and Association of Washington School Principals

Three high school students – plus one alternate, from each of Washington’s 49 legislative districts receive the Washington Scholar award each year. From Shelton High School Serena was selected as an alternate for the 35th district, Carly as a scholar. Sadie is from Aberdeen High School, she was selected as an alternate for the 19th district.

The Washington Student Achievement Council and Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) announced the names of 196 high school seniors recognized as Washington Scholars or Washington Scholar Alternates for their outstanding accomplishments. The Washington Scholars recognition award represents the highest academic honor conferred by the State of Washington and is awarded to students who demonstrate the educational excellence and civic commitment so vital to the future of our state.

“Washington Scholars exemplify the best in student academic performance, commitment to rigorous standards, and personal accountability. This honor demonstrates that effort and academic discipline matter, and that setting and achieving learning goals is foundational to success,” said Student Achievement Council Executive Director Gene Sharratt.

Three high school students from each of Washington’s 49 legislative districts receive the Washington Scholar award each year, and an additional student from each district is designated as a Washington Scholar Alternate. You can find your district’s Washington Scholars and Alternate on the Council’s website.

The Student Achievement Council and AWSP collaboratively lead the process of selecting Washington Scholars. High school principals nominate candidates based on their cumulative grade point average and SAT/ACT scores, as well as leadership, community service, and other activities. Recipients are then selected by a committee of representatives from public and private high schools, state educational agencies, and public and private four-year colleges and universities.

“These awards not only highlight outstanding academic achievement, but they also recognize efforts in leadership and community service. These recipients represent well-rounded students who are poised to make positive contributions to our society,” said Gary Kipp, Executive Director of the Association of Washington School Principals.

In addition to recognizing the outstanding achievements of graduating seniors, the Washington Scholars program also encourages privately funded scholarship awards by non-state organizations. The program also stimulates recruitment of exemplary students to Washington public and independent colleges and universities.

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