Congratulations to Dakota Simpson for being named a United States Presidential Scholar! This is the first Caddo Magnet student to receive this award since 2008, and he is one of only 161 students chosen for this year.
According to the U.S. Department of Education website, “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. During their visit to Washington, Scholars have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people. Scholars are provided opportunities to: wrestle with issues that concern America and the world; attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies held in their honor; and visit area museums and monuments. But perhaps the greatest benefit to the Scholars, and the one they most often remark on, is the chance to exchange ideas with similarly motivated and accomplished peers, and to forge friendships that last a lifetime. The following comment from a recent Scholar captures the intent of the national recognition events: “You can’t imagine how much it has meant to me to be a part of the U.S. Presidential Scholars family. The … support I felt from my country during Recognition Program strengthened my drive to serve and to make the world a better place. The officials we met spoke so often [about our] being the nation’s future, that I felt they were entrusting us with the country, and saying, ‘Take good care of it.'”