Emily Chermak, a senior at DeForest Area High School, has been selected as one of five state-level nominees for the national U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Emily was invited to apply to be a Presidential Scholar for her technical competence and accomplishments in career and technical education.
Emily was honored at the January 8th DASD Board of Education meeting. She shared with board members some of the high school activities she has been involved in, including her active participation in DECA. Emily is currently the President of the organization and serves as an Ambassador for the Wisconsin DECA State Leadership Council. She has led several community and school events for their high school chapter and has competed at the district, state and international level. Emily is also Student Council Treasurer, a member of the National Honor Society, and teaches a 6th grade religion class. She represented DeForest Area High School as a delegate to Badger Girls State in June 2017. Through the high school’s internship program, Emily works at Settlers bank in Windsor. She told school board members that she plans to attend UW-Madison, majoring in business.
U.S. Presidential candidates are considered for selection based on their involvement and service (in school and community), leadership and character, writing samples, academic achievements, heavy workload, family responsibilities, or obstacles to overcome.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars will publish selected semi-finalists in April and finalists in May. Finalists will receive a Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, DC.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and, since that time, the program has honored more than over 7,000 outstanding high school seniors. The mission of the program is to recognize and honor outstanding high school seniors, and thereby encourage high attainment among all students.
To learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission on Presidential Scholars, please visit our Web site at: http://www.ed.gov/psp.