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​Michael Mireles, IDEA Quest Senior, Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

This fall, IDEA Quest College Preparatory senior Michael Mireles is headed to Brown University to study in the prestigious, ivy league university’s medical program.  Earlier this year, Michael also developed the South Texas Ideas Festival, an event that brought together students and leaders in the community to discuss ideas around Rio Grande Valley civic involvement and youth education.  Additionally, Michael won a national title in debate in Washington, D.C., where he partnered with his IDEA Quest classmate, Tanya Reyna.

But, there’s more! Last week, Michael was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of the Nation's highest honors for high school students in the country.  The award is given to students who demonstrate tremendous academic performance and leadership in school.

Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June and are presented the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House, in commemoration of their achievements. Annually, the presidentially-appointed White House Commission on Presidential Scholars chooses up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars from across the nation to hold this high honor. 

You can learn more about Michael’s story here

About the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program 

In part with their mission to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness, The U.S. Department of Education established the Presidential Scholars Program in 1964, by executive order of the President.  The purpose of the program was, and still is, to recognize and honor some of our 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. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.  [1]

We are so proud of Michael and all of our IDEA 2017 graduates, one hundred percent of whom will step foot on college campuses this fall! 

Your son or daughter can be a future IDEA Alumni and graduate from high schools recently ranked within the top 10 most challenging in the nation.  Enroll your child on the road to and through college today. 



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