Hickman senior named 18th Presidential Scholar

SCHOOLS: HICKMAN HIGH SCHOOL

By ANNE KONCKI

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Before he goes to college this fall, high school senior Eric Young will get to meet the president.

This year, he was named Hickman High School’s 18th Presidential Scholar. The award recognizes some of the nation’s most accomplished high school seniors and  includes the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., and meet President Obama.

Young, 18, said he was surprised to even be a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which was established in 1964 by executive order of President John F. Kennedy.

“I was pretty surprised and I think that’s what made it so exciting,” Young said of the award.

Young, along with 140 other students from across the country, will travel to Washington, D.C. along with a teacher of his choice. The chosen teachers will receive a Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Young chose his math teacher, Dr. Deanna Wasman. He said he liked her a lot because of her engagement inside and outside the class.

“I like math, but it can be a boring subject and (Dr. Wasman) made it a lot of fun,” Young said. “She’s a good teacher.”

Young attended Missouri Boys State and Missouri Scholars Academy, and he participates in Hickman’s Math Team, Calculus Team, Student Government, Science Olympiad, Mock Trail, MU Alpha Theta and Hickman’s Varsity Academic Team. He scored a 36 on his ACT.

Young will be one of Hickman’s valedictorians this year and plans to attend Vanderbuilt University in the fall to study Mechanical Engineering.

Young, who enjoys playing basketball with his friends, said when he meets the president he hopes to mention basketball to him while they shake hands and, hopefully, get invited to play outside with him.

“That would be awesome,” Young said.

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