Whittier Tech student nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar

Wednesday March 16, 2022

Photo Courtesy Whittier Tech. Whittier Tech Senior Chloe Simard, right, poses with Jeffrey Riley, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner.

HAVERHILL – Superintendent Maureen Lynch inounced that a Whittier Tech student has been nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Senior Chloe Simard of Haverhill studies in the Allied Health Program. She carries a 4.22 grade-point average and maintains high honors.

Simard is a member of the National Honor Society with hopes of continuing her education and becoming a pediatric surgeon. She is OSHA certified, a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and certified in CPR, first aid, and basic life support. Simard works at Whittier Rehabilitation Center as a CNA as part of her cooperative education, and volunteers in the children’s unit at the local hospital.

Simard is also a varsity athlete, playing volleyball and lacrosse, and is involved in the Whittier Chess Club.

“Chloe is a dedicated athlete, student and member of our community,” said Whittier Superintendent Lynch. “She is one of the hardest working students in our senior class. She expects nothing short of excellence in everything she does.”

The U.S. Presidential Scholar Award is given to distinguished high school students across the country. The award is one of the highest honors given to high school students, as only around 3,000 students across the country are nominated per year.

Simard is one of just six career technical education students in Massachusetts nominated this year.

Simard and her fellow nominees were recognized by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) during its general membership meeting in Marlborough on Thursday, March 3.

Jeffrey Riley, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner, presented each student with an award on behalf of the state.

The families of each of the nominees were on hand to celebrate the students’ recognition, and met with Commissioner Riley and MAVA members following the event.

“This is a tremendous day, because what we do on a daily basis and what drives us and what we’re passionate about, is our students,” said MAVA President and Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School District Superintendent Ernest Houle. “We’re lucky any time we get to celebrate our students like this, and we applaud each of them for their years of hard work and dedication. Not only are each of these students academically deserving of this honor, but they are all terrific young men and women who will undoubtedly make significant contributions to their careers and communities moving forward.”

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