Aberdeen student named as Washington Scholar Alternate
The Washington Student Achievement Council and Association of Washington School Principals announced 196 high school seniors recognized as Washington Scholars or Washington Scholar Alternates for 2014, including an Aberdeen student.
According to the Washington Scholars, this recognition is the highest academic honor conferred by the State of Washington.
“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 49 legislative districts receive the Washington Scholar award each year, and an additional student from each district is designated as an alternate. This year, Aberdeen High School senior Sadie Smith was named as an alternate for the 19th Legislative District.
High school principals nominate candidates based on their grade point average and SAT/ACT scores, as well as leadership, community service, and other activities. Sadie was also recognized for her musical skills as a trombone player.
“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 achievements of the seniors, the Washington Scholars program encourages privately funded scholarships by non-state organizations.