DECA Members Named in First-Ever Class of U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE

On Wednesday, May 4, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 160 members of the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars – which ACTE is pleased to announce includes, for the first time, 20 CTE students.

DECA is also pleased to announce that two members have made this esteemed list:

  • Meghna Sreenivas – Reservoir High School (Fulton, MD)
  • Norman Xiong – Severna Park Senior High School (Severna Park, MD)

This award recognizes student achievement at the national level, and acknowledges scholars in academics, the arts and CTE. U.S. Secretary of Education John King said in the release:

"This year's class of Presidential Scholars continues a more than 50 year trend of honoring students who've shown excellence in their educational, artistic and civic pursuits… we've added 20 more slots to honor our highest achieving students in career and technical education, reflecting the Department's belief that a quality education must be a well-rounded education that prepares students for college, careers and any other civic service."

The announcement marks the culmination of a longtime effort among CTE advocates and our partners on Capitol Hill to ensure that CTE student achievement is recognized alongside their peers in other disciplines. In May of 2014, ACTE worked with Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to send a letter to President Obama requesting the expansion of the Presidential Scholars program. The letter motivated President Obama to sign into effect an amendment to executive order No. 11155, “Awards for Special Capability in Career and Technical Education,” which formally created the new category of recipient for this honor.

The scholars will each receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion during a ceremony on June 19th, and ACTE congratulates each of them on their outstanding achievement.

The full list of U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE is available here.

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