Senior a Presidential Scholar nominee
N.Y. (Dec. 28, 2018) --
Albany High School senior Ondia Logan is on
the short list of nominees for the 2019 Presidential Scholars Program,
one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Some 161 Presidential Scholars are chosen each year from among 3 million
high school seniors throughout the country – at least one young woman
and one young man from every state.
Logan was recommended for the program by Assemblymember John McDonald
and nominated by State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia,
the New York State Education Department announced on Dec. 19.
“Ondia’s dedication to her community and education is respected and this
honor, in my opinion, is one of many to follow. Thank you to
Commissioner Elia and the Regents for their continued efforts to shine a
light on these bright stars throughout New York State,” McDonald said.
An honor student at Albany High, Logan is a member of National Honor
Society, Best Buddies and the Unified Basketball Team. She also sits on
the Superintendent’s Roundtable, plays clarinet in symphonic band and is
a member of the Black and Latino Achievers program. In addition, she
tutors elementary-school students and works 25 hours a week as a crew
member at Dibella’s Subs.
“Ondia’s commitment to her education and to the people in our community
make her an extremely worthy candidate for this honor. I fully expect
great things from her,” said City School District of Albany
Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams.
Albany High was one of two Capital Region schools with a 2019
nominee. Logan now must complete an application for the next stage of
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will announce
semifinalists in mid-April and scholars in May.
Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a trip to
Washington, D.C. in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at
a ceremony sponsored by the White House.
Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the U.S.
Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors some of our nation's
most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program
was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in
the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program further
was expanded to recognize student excellence in Career and Technical
Education (CTE) programs.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High