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Staples Junior Named Governor’s Scholar

Staples High School Junior Matthew Silver has been named a 2011 Connecticut Governor’s Scholar.  WestportNow.com Image
Staples junior Matthew Silver poses with his award flanked by Staples Principal John Dodig (l) and P.J. Washenko, a Staples guidance counselor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Now in its 15th year, the Governor’s Scholar program recognizes academically talented high school students throughout the state and presents 30 of them for special recognition to the governor of Connecticut.

Connecticut high school principals are given the opportunity to nominate one junior ranked in the top 4 percent of his/her class, who are then asked to complete an essay on an assigned topic.

Members of the Governor’s Scholars Committee, professional educators from throughout Connecticut, judge the completed applications and assign a composite score to each rank in class, PSAT or SAT scores, CAPT scores for public school candidates, and the student essay.

Semi-finalists receive certificates and are recognized locally in their school communities. The finalists also receive a $300 check from Big Y.

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