July 1, 2005
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Jennifer Chavez
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393
jchavez@ped.state.nm.us

Two New Mexico Students Selected as Presidential Scholars

( Santa Fe, NM) Secretary Veronica C. García is pleased to announce that two students from New Mexico have been selected as Presidential Scholars in the United States Department of Education’s 2005 Presidential Scholars Program.

Sarah A. Cooper of Cedar Crest and Andre M. Leone of Las Cruces were selected for the prestigious honor on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas, academic and artistic success, leadership and involvement in school and the community. Cooper graduated from Albuquerque Academy and Leone graduated from Mesilla Valley Christian Schools in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

“Ms Cooper and Mr. Leone are to be congratulated on their academic and leadership achievement,” said Secretary García. They are role models for all New Mexico students.”

From nearly 2.8 million graduating high school seniors, approximately 2,700 students were identified as candidates in this program, and only 550 semifinalists were selected from across the county. Six New Mexico students were semifinalists. The other four semifinalists are Robert T. Cordwell, Albuquerque, who graduated from Manzano High School; Emmalee M. Jones, Albuquerque, who graduated from Cibola High School; Sean D. Peterson, Los Alamos, who graduated from Los Alamos High School; and Justine Ol Schluntz, Albuquerque, who graduated from Albuquerque Academy.

Presidential Scholars were honored in Washington D.C. this week. A high point of the National Recognition Week was the presentation of the Presidential Scholars medallion to each Scholar.

For more information on the 2005 Presidential Scholar Program visit the website at:

http://www.ed.gov/programs/psp/awards.html