West Hall High School’s Vanessa Nunez has been named a semifinalist in the US Presidential Scholars Program in Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education.
Nunez's teachers and counselors describe her as a woman of vision and determination.
She has a long track record of academic and other accomplishments, both here at home and nationally.
She is the President of the 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.