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Local Residents Named Presidential Scholars at NECC

Submitted by on August 14, 2013 – 8:53 am
Local Residents Named Presidential Scholars at NECC

President Lane Glenn and this year’s Presidential Scholars

Fifteen local 2013 high school graduates have been accepted to the Presidential Scholars Program at Northern Essex Community College.

In its 14th 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:

Jessica McDermit, Amesbury High School, General Studies; Health

Solymar Velez, Greater Lawrence Technical High School

Paul D’eon, Georgetown High School, Criminal Justice

Marguerite Fijux, Pentucket Regional High School, Liberal Arts

Shannon Corcoran, Haverhill High School, Lab Science
Stephanie Cordeiro, Haverhill High School, Criminal Justice
Nicholas Pham, Haverhill High School, Criminal Justice
Courtney McLaughlin, Whittier Regional Vocational Tech, Early Childhood Education
Kiana Rivera, Whittier Regional Vocational Tech, General Studies; Art

Edna Colon, Lawrence High School, General Studies: Health
Jonathan Hernandez, Lawrence High School, Liberal Arts
Eva Reynoso, Lawrence High School, General Studies: Health

Kathryn Gagnon, Methuen High School, Liberal Arts
James Nicosia, Methuen High School, Business Transfer

Alaina Marino, Triton Regional High School, Liberal Arts: History

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 Office of the Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management, 978 738-7497 or