West Hall High School Senior Named US Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

Vanessa Nunez

Vanessa Nunez

Congratulations to West Hall High School’s Vanessa Nunez, who has been named a Semifinalist in the US Presidential Scholars Program in Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE).

Her teachers and counselors describe Vanessa as a woman of vision and determination. Vanessa completed her Graphic Design Pathway in 2017 and was an essential part of the Spartan Print Shop, a WHHS Student Based Enterprise. She is an active member of the SkillsUSA student organization and won CTE Underclassman and Upperclassmen Graphic Design Student of the Year awards during her sophomore and junior year of high school.

Vanessa demonstrates enthusiasm in her career pathway, academics, and extracurricular activities at West Hall High School. She is the President of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, the Vice President of BETA Club, and an active member in HOPE. She is West Hall’s STAR Student with the highest SAT score in her class. In the summer after her sophomore year, she attended the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program at Berry College where she majored in Science and minored in Social Studies.

On the national level, Vanessa is recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Hispanic Scholar, and a U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate. She has had the opportunity to act as a Student Medical Assistant at a local pediatric office in her senior year. She will earn the Biliteracy Seal and the International Skills Diploma Seal when she graduates in May. Vanessa plans to major in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale University in the fall.

The US Presidential Scholar Finalists will be named in early May. The eligibility requirements for the U.S. Presidential Scholar include outstanding achievement in academics, fine arts, or CTAE.

U.S. Presidential Scholars are guests of the Commission during the National Recognition Program and enjoy an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June to meet with government officials, educators, and others. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.