Berwick Academy is pleased to announce seniors Ethan Littlefield of Rochester, NH, Jacklyn Mait of Ogunquit, ME, and Patrick McSally of Portsmouth, NH have been named among the 4,500 candidates in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2018.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 54th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation's most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year's senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America's youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.
Director of College Counseling, Moira McKinnon, “It's a wonderful achievement for these three exceptional students to be recognized in the Presidential Scholars Program. Their academic accomplishments at Berwick are numerous, from stellar GPAs to numerous awards in multiple disciplines. Equally as important, Ethan, Jackie and Patrick are dedicated peer tutors, using their intellectual gifts to help others succeed as well. They are leaders in athletics and extracurricular programs as well, demonstrating the character and social contributions the Presidential Scholars Program honors.”
Ethan Littlefield, of Rochester, NH, has attended Berwick Academy since his freshman year. He is co-founder of the Chess Club, the Rock Climbing Club, and the fall Crew team, and is co-leader of the Mock Trial team, which made it to finals his sophomore year. Athletically, he has participated on Varsity Soccer, the Swim team, and Crew, and recognized as the Crew team MVP as a junior. Ethan has received Departmental Recognition Awards for history and language, was inducted into the National Latin Honor Society and the National Cum Laude Society, and received the Yale Book Award.
Jackie Mait of Ogunquit, ME, has attended Berwick Academy since the seventh grade. Driven to become a teacher, Jaclyn is focused on gaining experience working with children. At school, she is a co-leader of the Big & Little Buddies club and a peer tutor in seven subjects. She participates in the Outreach club, where she has had rewarding experiences tutoring elementary students at the Central School. Last summer, she worked and volunteered at the Hilton-Winn Farm Summer Fun program, a non-profit day camp, including one week focused on enriching and guiding children with autism spectrum disorder. Jackie has played many sports, including Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Lacrosse, and JV Ice Hockey, in which she was voted Most Improved Player her freshman year and team Captain her senior year. She has received silver and gold medals for the National Latin Exam, a Departmental Recognition award for history, and has been inducted into the Cum Laude Society and the National Latin Honors Society. In addition, she is a National Merit Semifinalist.
Patrick McSally of Portsmouth, NH, has attended Berwick Academy since his freshman year. Patrick has been a 4-year member of the Varsity Baseball team, a 3-year soccer player, and is an active tour guide. He is conducting an Innovation Pursuit this school year while interning with a handmade ski company and is building his own alpine skis. Outside of Berwick, Patrick has been a member of the Shawnee Peak Alpine Ski Race Team, competed in INT Water Ski Tournaments, a volunteer for the Portsmouth Little League Challenger Division, and is competing in the Ski the East Freeride Tour this winter. He also received a scholarship for the University of Maine Consider Engineering Camp this past summer. Honors he has received include the Coach's Award for Berwick Varsity Baseball, Departmental Recognition Awards for Spanish and Mathematics, and the Chemistry Prize. Patrick was inducted into the National Spanish Honor Society as a Sophomore and the Cum Laude Society as a Junior.
A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.