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Peoria Unified student nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholar in CTE


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  • Erin Dunsey   |   Peoria Unified School District

Liam Beltram

Liberty High School senior, Liam Beltram, was recently selected as one of five Arizona nominees for the 2020-2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Beltram was selected by a review team consisting of CTE stakeholders based on evidence of academic rigor, technical competence, professional employability skills, and ingenuity and creativity. 

As one of the five Arizona nominees, Beltram was selected by the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman, and was submitted by her office to the Commission on Presidential Scholars at the U.S. Department of Education. As a semifinalist nominee, he will be invited to apply for the National Review by the Commission on Presidential Scholars at the U.S. Department of Education. Twenty outstanding U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education students will be recognized in May. 

Beltram participated in several of Peoria Unified’s CTE programs throughout his tenure at Liberty High School, including Engineering and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC).

For more information about Peoria Unified’s CTE programs, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaunified.org/cte.

Peoria Unified School District is nestled in the Northwest Valley of Peoria, Arizona and is home to 42 stellar public schools that are unique and created to fit the needs of all students. Peoria Unified is the choice district for more than 37,000 students and 4,000 staff, serving as one of the largest employers in the West Valley and one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona. The district has signature programs spread out between 34 kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary schools and eight high schools that excel in academics, arts, athletics and Career and Technical Education programs. The Strategic Plan outlines a laser focus on four key areas: Student Success, Safety and Well-Being, Stewardship of Community Resources and Community Connection. Above all, Peoria Unified is committed to transparency, parent involvement and ensuring that “Every Student, Every Day is Prepared to Shape Tomorrow.”