Richard Montgomery, Churchill Students Named Presidential Scholars

Two Montgomery County Public Schools seniors were recognized among 161 students as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Both Garyk Brixi of Winston Churchill High School and Addele Hargenrader of Richard Montgomery High School were selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars for their successes based on academics, the arts, transcripts, community service, leadership, essays, leadership, and more.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964 as a presidential executive order to honor some of the “nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.”

All of the students honored were asked to select their most influential teacher. According to MCPS, Brixi chose Virginia Brown, who teaches molecular genetics at Churchill; Hargenrader chose Brandy McDonald-Nestor, an English teacher at Richard Montgomery.

All of the scholars will attend a ceremony on June 23 to receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

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Deirdre Byrne

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