by Timothy Sanzi
This past week, East Greenwich High School students Grace Miner and Julian Wu were named as recipients of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholarship. The award comprised of one man and one women from every state in the union. Rhode Island’s victors were both chosen from East Greenwich High School, a nationally ranked institution and recent winner of the top public school spot in the state.
Honorees are chosen out of thousands of applicants for their top leadership and community involvement.
Grace Miner recently traveled to Kenya, Africa with a program called Students Shoulder to Shoulder and worked with an non-governmental organization called the International Peace Initiative. As for her local involvement, among numerous clubs and activities, Miner founded a community-wide organization entitled Real Girls Matter, which works at the elementary and middle school level to empower young women.
Julian Wu is an all-state musician in the oboe and active member of several EGHS clubs, including Mrs. Pat Page’s Financial Literacy group that travels around the country competing. Wu is treasurer of the EGHS Chapter of the National Honors Society and a member of the Academic Decathalon that took second place this year in the state competition.
When asked what this award meant to them, Miner responded quickly, “It’s an incredible honor. It’s made me really reflect on how much I love this community and how much their support means to me.”
As Presidential Scholars, the two are able to choose one educator who inspired them to succeed over the course of their high school career. Wu has chosen Mr. Frank Lenox and Miner has chosen Mrs. Karen Izzo.
A ceremony in the nation’s capitol will formally welcome Miner and Wu to the family of over 7,000 Presidential Scholars since 1964. The teachers will be able to accompany the scholars to Washington D.C. to meet President Obama and be recognized for fostering these highly accomplished individuals.
Congratulations from the Spectrum and its staff to Grace Miner and Julian Wu.