Michael J. Weaver, a Westerville senior at St. Charles Preparatory School, hadn’t heard of the Presidential Scholar Award until he learned he was a candidate.
“I didn’t know the award existed,” Weaver said.
“Of course, we did what everybody does when they don’t know something: We searched on the internet,” his mother, Treva Weaver, said.
Every year since 1964, at least one boy and one girl from each state has been honored in Washington, D.C. through the Presidential Scholars Program. Up to 161 high school seniors are chosen based on SAT and ACT scores, and winners are selected from a pool of 5,536 nominees who are asked to apply. This year, Weaver was the only one from central Ohio among five chosen statewide.
Weaver almost didn’t apply. “What are the odds that I’m in that group?” he said he thought.
Despite his doubts, Weaver put his best effort into the application. In early May, he received an email.
“It was like, ‘Just wanted to tell you early about the good news, Presidential Scholar!’ ” Weaver said.
“He sent it to me and was like, ‘Does this sound like I got in?’” Mrs. Weaver said.
Weaver was surprised; his teachers and family members, less so.
“I am thrilled to death that he is being recognized in this way,” said Scott Pharion, Weaver’s former teacher and National Honor Society (NHS) moderator. “Michael is a very sincere and dedicated young man.”
Unlike some of his peers, Weaver has had to work through additional challenges because he has cerebral palsy.
“Not that I don’t think other people work hard,” Weaver said….
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