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Commack HS Senior Brendan McCaffrey Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

 Brendan is congratulated by Dr. Donald James, Superintendent; Leslie Boritz, Commack High School Principal; and Christine Natali, Lead Counselor of Guidance.      Brendan McCaffrey was named a U.S. Presidential Scholars candidate, as one the Nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts, as well as those students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

       Each year, up to 161 students are named, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. In honoring the U.S. Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.

       Over 4,500 candidates are identified for the component of the program that focuses on academic achievement, based on having scored exceptionally well on the SAT or the ACT. Brendan had a PERFECT Score on the ACT - 36 out of 36, and also scored exceptionally well on the SAT. 

     Candidates are evaluated on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of their essay. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all semifinalists, and then selects the 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

      To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.



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