Vestavia Hills Living

2014

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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T Twelve students from Vestavia Hills High School were named presidential scholars this year, the highest number from any one school in the state of Alabama. These students join 71 other Alabama high school seniors who earned the honor, which is based on high scores on standardized college admission tests SAT and ACT. "This is a record number of Presidential Scholars from VHHS in one year," says Oliver Aaron, VHHS college counselor. "We are fortunate to have bright and talented students who strive for excellence and bring national recognition for the Vestavia Hills City Schools." The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was estab by executive order of President Lyn- don Johnson to recognize and honor some of the 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. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. Vestavia Hills resident Grace Wright was also named a presidential scholar. Grace attends the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School. In addition to being selected for inclusion in this elite group of high school seniors, the VHHS Presidential Scholars and the IB Presidential Scholar could be chosen to visit Washington, D.C. as a program finalist. Congratulations to these fine seniors: Presidential Scholars VHHS Produces Record Number of Mary Catherine Cook Ruth Dismukes Siyin Han Emma Jackson Silin Li Andrea Lin Jimmy Liu Wendi Lu Austin Owen Anna Cathryn Parker Ziqi Wang Sophie Wu Grace Wright – International Baccalaureate School Back Row (L to R): Siyin Han, Ruth Dismukes, Jimmy Liu, Ziqi Wang, Mary Catherine Cook, and Austin Owen Front Row (L to R): Andrea Lin, Sophie Wu, Wendi Lu, Emma Jackson, Anna Cate Parker, and Silin Li 38 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 4

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