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Congratulations to our 2012 Presidential Scholars

imageOlympic High senior Nancy Valazquez, second from left, has won Queens' highest academic scholarship.
03/05/12 -  

Admissions staff recently surprised 10 high school seniors from across the country with Queens' highest academic scholarships.

The Presidential Scholarship is the highest academic scholarship at Queens, and is worth more than $100,000. The prestigious merit program recognizes academic excellence, leadership achievement and service to the community. Presidential Scholars generally rank in the top 10 percent of their class.  Financial need is not considered in the awarding of these awards, and a total of 14 will be offered for students entering in the fall.

The winners are:

  • Mona Atta of Northern Guilford High, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Amy Bareham of Cuthbertson High in Waxhaw, N.C.
  • Campbell Corder of Dripping Springs High, Dripping Springs, Texas
  • Armando Cruz Martinez of East Mecklenburg High, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Kate Gatterdam of Bexley High, Bexley, Ohio
  • Luke Hubert, New Berlin West High, New Berlin, WI
  • Miosha Johnson of Jack Britt High, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Sonya Lowe of E.C. Glass High, Lynchburg, Va.
  • Lauren Mock of Wesleyan Christian Academy, High Point, N.C.
  • Dustin Saunders, Asheboro High, Asheboro, N.C.
  • Sally Stratmann of McNeil High, Austin, Texas
  • Perrin Thompson of Fort Mill High, Fort Mill, S.C.
  • Hannah Trawick of Wilkes Central High, Wilkesboro, N.C.
  • Nancy Velazquez of Olympic High, Charlotte, N.C.

Admissions counselors surprised these deserving students in a variety of settings including in their school libraries and even at a fire station. At many of the schools, students' friends and teachers gathered to celebrate with them.

"This means I get to go to college," Velazquez said through tears as her parents and sister, boyfriend and classmates cheered for her. "I get to go to an incredible school and live on a beautiful campus... My sister is at Queens and we are the first ones in our family to go to college. This award means everything to me and to my family."

Velazquez says she was accepted to several other schools including Wake Forest University, UNC Chapel Hill and Sewanee, but will attend Queens. She plans to become a child nutritionist. 


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