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Local Residents Named Presidential Scholars at NECC

Submitted by on August 10, 2012 – 2:49 pm

NECC Presidential Scholars Miranda Triano, Ariel Andrews, NECC President Lane Glenn, Nathanial Clark, and Dorothy Purdy.

Thirteen local 2012 high school graduates have been accepted to the Presidential Scholars Program at Northern Essex Community College.
In its 13th year, the Presidential Scholars Program is designed to attract motivated high school students to Northern Essex. Students are selected based on their high school academic record and recommendations from high school guidance counselors and teachers.

“Our Presidential Scholars Program targets academically motivated high school graduates who have decided to start their college education at Northern Essex,” said Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex. “Most plan to transfer to a four-year college or university after getting an associate’s degree from Northern Essex.”

This year’s Presidential Scholars include:

Nathaniel Clark, Amesbury High School, Engineering
Dorothy Purdy, Whittier Regional Vocational, Computer & Information Systems: Applications
Miranda Triano, Amesbury High School, Early Childhood Education

Danielle Sierra, Greater Lawrence Technology High School, Medical Office Assistant

Matthew Daley, Georgetown High School, Criminal Justice

Zachary Chechowitz, Haverhill High School, Liberal Arts: Political Science
Yesenia Torres, Haverhill High School, Criminal Justice

Jose Mane, Lawrence High School, Liberal Arts: Psychology
Juan Mejia, Lawrence High School, Computer & Information Systems: Information Technology

Daniel McAndrew, Methuen High School, Business Transfer
Nicholas Scammon, Methuen High School, Lab Science

Joshua McDonough, Newburyport High School, Liberal Arts

Ariel Andrews, Triton, General Studies

In addition to the honor of being named to this selective program, students receive a $1,000 scholarship from the college. Presidential Scholars are also paired with an administrator from the college who serves as a mentor, and are encouraged to participate in a variety of enrichment programs offered at Northern Essex, including the Student Leadership Development Program, the Student Ambassador Program, and the college’s Honors Experience.

To be eligible, students must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average in high school and be nominated by a high school guidance counselor, teacher, or principal. Each must plan to earn an associate’s degree at Northern Essex before transferring to a four-year Massachusetts state college or university.

For more information on the NECC Presidential Scholars Program, contact the Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management, 978 738-7497 or

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