Elmont student nominated for prestigious program


Britney Bennett, a student at Elmont Memorial High School, was announced as a nominee for the 2022 Presidential Scholars Program. 

Bennett now belongs to a class of 25 “outstanding New York State high school seniors” nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, read a statement on the website of the New York State Education Department. “The Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students,” it continued.

“Britney is an incredible leader inside the classroom and outside in her community,” said New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages. “She is highly regarded as a passionate member of the Key Club, an outstanding Model UN delegate, and a mentor to the young students she tutors. Our district is thrilled to have such a powerful young woman representing us and we look forward to the bright future that she is heading towards.”

Each year, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars across the U.S. based on academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

“New York’s nominees are an impressive group of students who demonstrate academic excellence and distinguished leadership in their endeavors both in and out of school,” Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said in the statement.

Semifinalists will be notified of their advancement in the process by mid-April and Scholars will be chosen, and receive a medallion, in May.