Fonda-Fultonville is proud and honored to announce that high school senior Nicholas Demitraszek has been nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Demitraszek is one of just 20 New York state high school seniors who were nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, according to an announcement by State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia in a press release issued on Thursday, Nov. 30. The Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Every year, one young man and one young woman from each state are named as Presidential Scholars.
Demitraszek is well known in the school for being active in school groups, and for his dedication to community service. His accolades include, but are not limited to, president of Key Club, president of Student Government, member of the High School Building Leadership Team, ambassador of the Skype Club, co-editor of the high school yearbook, web technician for the National Honor Society and the lights/sound operator for functions in the high school auditorium.
“Fonda-Fultonville is extremely proud of Nick for receiving this nomination,” Superintendent Thomas Ciaccio said. “He truly exemplifies everything that represents a U.S. Presidential Scholar. He is completely dedicated to his academics but is also devoted to his civic responsibilities. Nick plays a major role in just about every event that we have within our school and out in our community.”
Demitraszek was nominated by New York Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. Demitraszek was an intern at Santabarbara’s Schenectady office during his summer break this year, and also serves on Santabarbara’s Student Cabinet.
“I’m very pleased to see Nicholas Demitraszek from the Fonda-Fultonville High School selected to be a nominee this year for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program,” Santabarbara said. “I know he has made the Fonda-Fultonville School District very proud with this recognition, and it represents his hard work and dedication both in and outside of the classroom. I’m thankful to have Nicholas as a member of my student cabinet in the NY State Assembly and I know his future is bright.”
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor 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 was expanded to recognize student excellence in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a trip to Washington, D.C. in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. During their visit to Washington, Scholars will meet important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians and scientists.
“This year’s nominees exhibit exceptional leadership qualities and prove that creativity and perseverance can make a positive impact,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “These students have worked hard to excel in school and in their communities, and their dedication offers us hope for our future. I am proud of these young people who will represent New York State as they move to the national selection phase.”
“The distinguished nominees are representative of the many talented high school students across our state,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said. “Their commitment to academic excellence sets a strong example for their peers, and I am pleased to recognize their accomplishments. I wish them continued success as nominees for this prestigious award.”
For more information on the Presidential Scholars Program, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website.