Sluder named U.S. Presidential Scholar nominee

Oct 12, 2013
Isaac Sluder, Presidential Scholar Nominee

Isaac Sluder, a Tuscola High School senior with academic talent, the motivation to be successful and a compassion for others, has been nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program nominee.

Each school district in the state is invited to nominate one student for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction will submit six nominees (three female and three male) to the commission on Presidential Scholars. State nominees will be added to the national pool of nominees and the winners of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Award will be announced in May 2014.

The program was established in 1964 by executive order of the President to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished high school seniors.

Each year, about 140 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. This year the selection criteria includes special challenges or hurdles that students have overcome while still achieving high academic success.

Sluder ranked third in has class with a weighted grade point average of 4.6666. He makes academics a priority through demanding courses and has a unique ability to balance academics, personal demands and high involvement in numerous leadership activities.

As a member of the varsity tennis team, Isaac has been named team captain allowing him to strengthen his leadership skills.  Being a member of the tennis team and the cross country team has given him the opportunity to realize the overall goal is not only to improve one’s self but to work with others to make a difference in the overall morale and success of his teams.

Sluder is co-president of the physics club and a member of the Spanish club, math club, international club, ecology club and the National Honor Society.

He understands the value of working cooperatively, knows that a goal desired can never be reached by giving up and seeks to further strengthen himself through extracurricular and academic skill development, according to his nomination form. He is highly regarded by faculty and peers alike as a student who is always smiling, always willing to lend a helping hand and always willing to go the extra mile.

Sluder continuously distinguishes himself as a responsible, trustworthy and mature young man, which will serve him well in the future.  He has strong moral values that serve as a guide in his decision-making and how he treats others.  He was taught never to spread a rumor because “with every ear it hits, it only gets bigger.”

“We are proud of Isaac.  He is a fine young man and a great Presidential Scholar nominee, said Dale McDonald, Tuscola High School Principal. "We are fortunate to have a number of students on our campus who are worthy of this recognition.”