Former Student Named Presidential Scholar

Former Student Named Presidential Scholar
Posted on 06/10/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Former Student Named Presidential ScholarSwallow School alumni Anthony Sikorski was recently named a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar. He is a 2019 Arrowhead High School  graduate at the age of 14 after having completed his time at Swallow at the age of 10 as the class valedictorian, with the top grade point average among eighth-graders. Sikorski plans to attend Carroll University, where he received a full-tuition scholarship. He plans to major in Biology and minor in music, English and history.

As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 Scholars in the Arts and 20 Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

This prestigious award was created in 1964. Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2019 awards. Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is by invitation only and through that process, 110 Wisconsin students were candidates to receive the award. Sikorski is one of just five students from the state to be named a Presidential Scholar.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.  Sikorski received this award in Washington, D.C. earlier in June.  

Sikorski, who has Cystic Fibrosis, has been an active and vocal advocate for those with the disease. At the request of middle school science teacher Lori Alvarez, he began speaking to Swallow eighth-grade classes during their unit on genes and human genetic disorders. Students at Swallow became involved in fundraising to support Sikorski for Milwaukee’s Cystic Fibrosis Walk. In 2018, the Sikorski family cut the ribbon to officially open the Cystic Fibrosis Walk. It was the fifth year in a row the Sikorski family had the top fundraising team in part thanks to the money Student Council raised with Coffee For A Cause.
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