RALEIGH — Patrick J. Short, a student at Sanderson High School, was named a 2009 Presidential Scholar, an honor that goes to some of the best and brightest high school seniors in the nation, the U.S. Education Department announced Monday.
Short is among 141 Presidential Scholars across the nation and only three in North Carolina. A 29-member commission selected the scholars based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
The Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington, D.C., this summer. Short selected Ginger Cherry, an English teacher at Sanderson High, as his most inspiring teacher, so she'll be invited to accompany him.