OLD TOWN- Being named a presidential scholar is one of the nations highest academic honors.
Only two students from Maine will be presented the award in Washington D.C. this June.
“It’s a pretty prestigious award and I’m very excited,” said Emma Hargreaves, a recipient from Old Town.
More than 5,200 students were considered eligible for this award based on their SAT scores and nominations, but only a handful were selected.
“They want to know everything about you,” Hargreaves said. “They want to know your academic resume, the sports you play, where you volunteer, you write new essays. They want a lot of information.”
Hargreaves has been really involved at Old Town High School.
Just a few of her extra-curricular activities include being Secretary of Student Council, President of the National Honor Society, and captain of the track team.
She’s also graduating as the class valedictorian.
“I’ve never been more excited for anything in my entire life than Bowdoin College,” she told us. “That school has been my dream. I was excited to get in and as it gets closer it feels more real and I’m excited to get started. I’m certainly nervous too because it’s a huge change and will be a very different group of people, but I think I can do well there.”
Being a presidential scholar is the result of all her hard-work, but she told us it’s been a community effort.
“Old Town High School has given me everything I need and more,” she said. “People have really gone above and beyond to get me to where I am. I didn’t do it alone. My mom and dad are the best.”