It was not something senior Ryan Goyette expected, being called into the principal’s office. And what Principal Dan Richard had to say was going to have a serious impact on his academic career.

Mr. Richard broke the news to him: he had been nominated to become a 2015 Presidential Scholar. He is the first student from Saint Raphael Academy to receive this recognition in recent memory.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established to recognize outstanding graduating high school seniors and is considered one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Ryan is one of 60 high school seniors from Rhode Island (30 young men and 30 young women) who were nominated for the award. The nominations are given based on a student’s exceptional score on either the SAT or the ACT college exams. Ryan earned an 800 on the English section of the SAT and ranks in the top 10 percent of his class at Saint Ray’s. He also received a Society of Women Engineers Book Award in his junior year in recognition of his ability in math and science.

In addition to his studies, Ryan is a member of the Math Club and FBLA, and is an avid reader in his free time. He has applied to several colleges, including St. John’s University, Brown University, and Harvard University, among others, and is keeping his options open before deciding on a major.

Students who are ultimately chosen as Presidential Scholars will travel to Washington, D.C., to receive a Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony at the White House, and meet with several groups of government officials, educators, artists, and scientists, in addition to meeting with other Presidential Scholars.

 

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