Two Yonkers Public School HS seniors named by Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins ​​as Presidential Fellows

Daniel Leon

On the recommendation of Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senior Daniel Leon of Riverside High School in Yonkers has been nominated for the US Presidential Fellows Program by State Department of Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa.

Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the country’s most prestigious honors for high school students and is awarded after a highly selective process. Daniel is one of 25 New York students to be nominated as a nominee, and he is now progressing through the selection process.

“I am delighted that Daniel Leon of Riverside High School has been nominated for the US Presidential Scholars Program by Commissioner Rosa. Daniel is an exceptional student who has overcome personal obstacles and stands out as a leader among his peers, said State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “Mastering course materials and in-school tests, Daniel has already earned 13 college credits at Westchester Community College. Outside of school, he guides others on how to study and learn. Coming from a working-class immigrant family, Daniel is determined to show members of his community and extended family, many of whom have not completed high school, the importance of education. I was proud to recommend him for this prestigious honor.

Daniel Leon is the master of his own destiny and a champion to his peers, administrators and teachers at Riverside High School. Throughout his years in Yonkers Public Schools, Daniel focused on the laser to overcome his challenges. educational “, noted Dr Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Yonkers Public SchoolsWith the support of his family and caring teachers, Daniel mastered his high school education and simultaneously earned college credit to meet his career goals. Daniel understands the value of an education sharing this passion in helping his peers study. and being a role model for his immigrant family. and the community. He personifies the prestigious presidential scholarship program.

Yonkers Public Schools would like to thank Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​for nominating Daniel Leon and Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa for choosing Daniel for the prestigious presidential scholarship program.

The Principal of Riverside High School, Dr. Don Solimene shared, “Since entering our building four years ago, Daniel Leon has shown genuine determination and a willingness to succeed in everything he does. superior performance to its peers. Daniel’s overall goal is to be successful and to show members of his community that education can pave the way for a better life for immigrants who are trying to achieve the “American Dream”. As a principal, I have seen Daniel grow from a shy grade 9 student to a mature and engaged young man who has taken on roles and responsibilities beyond his age. I am very impressed with Daniel and his academic achievements. He overcame many challenges and obstacles to take on additional responsibilities to help others. We at Riverside are very proud of his accomplishments and look forward to seeing him continue to grow and excel. ”

In January, Daniel will join other students who have been nominated in all 50 states and will be invited by the US Department of Education to apply for the next stage of the presidential scholarship process. The semi-finalists will then be informed in mid-April and the scholarship holders will be informed in May.

The students ultimately selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Academics will travel to Washington in June to meet with national and international figures, including government officials, authors, educators and artists. They will also attend ceremonies and recitals, visit museums and form friendships with other recipients from across the country. Students will then receive the US Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

Jaden Halevi, senior at Saunders Trades & Technical High School, has also been nominated for the prestigious program.

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