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Morristown Students Selected as Presidential Scholars

One senior is 1 of 20 picked as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and the other was chosen as a Presidential Scholar.

One Morristown High School senior has received many accolades for her nationally recognized achievements in science but this well-rounded student is also being recognized for her writing.

Catherine Wong, is one of 20 students in the country to be selected as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for her writing.  

Also selected as a Presidential Scholar is Thomas Hartke, who attends Delbarton School in Morristown. The full list of presidential scholars is attached to this Patch article. Robert (Brett) Harvey, a MHS senior, was also nominated as a Presidential Scholar. Like Wong he scored 2400 on his SATs, is a national merit finalist and merit scholarship recipient. He has also received the bronze, silver, and gold youth congressional medals and is an Eagle Scout. 

The  2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts will host several events in Washington D.C. in June to honor these students. On Sunday, June 16, there will be an exhibition of works with artworks and readings by the students at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Then on Monday, June 17 will be a salute to the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars with an evening of performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts / Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

To reserve tickets, call the U.S. Presidential Scholars line after June 5 at (202) 401-0961 or email presidential.scholars@ed.gov.

Wong was nominated as a finalist for the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) earlier this year in February. Intel STS is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Wong was one of 300 national semi-finalists and then became one of the top 40 students selected in the country for this. Previous nominations from Morristown HS at this level include Daniel P. Weitz and Merri Carole Moken.


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