Higley High’s Victoria Bate is one of only 723 students nationwide selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalist.
The program recognizes some of the country’s most distinguished graduating seniors academically, as well as in the arts and career and technical education (CTE).
Victoria, a resident of Queen Creek, was named CTE U.S. Presidential Candidate in December. There were 5,100 candidates originally selected before the semifinalists were named. Up to 161 Presidential Scholars will be announced in May, according to the U.S. Department of Education website.
She started in the Gilbert school’s DECA program her freshman year to learn time management, leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing. This year, she is competing at the national DECA conference.
Victoria will graduate in the top 6 percent of her class in May and plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall with the New American University Scholars – President’s Award scholarship.
She will study elementary education. In addition to her school and DECA activities, she currently works part-time in the Higley Unified School District’s Kids Club after-school program.