Pocasset resident and Sturgis Charter Public School East senior Caroline Curran has been named a US Presidential Scholar.
Caroline was one of 161 seniors across the country to earn the honor as well as the only senior on Cape Cod.
“I am thrilled to receive this honor from the US Department of Education because education is integral to who I am and I aspire to be a lifelong learner,” Caroline said. “It is an immense privilege to have my achievements recognized by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and President Joe Biden.”
As a student, Caroline said she has worked hard to excel academically in her International Baccalaureate classes. She said she has been able to do so while also being a leader in her school community.
She has achieved the highest grade point average in her senior class and is the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper. She co-founded the school’s Spanish Club with her brother—a venture they took on to raise awareness about humanitarian issues.
“I have always dreamed of pursuing higher education, and I look forward to growing further as a student leader when I begin my studies at Harvard University this fall,” she said.
US Presidential Scholars are each given the opportunity to recognize the teacher who has been the most influential in their lives. These teachers are recognized with a letter from US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.
Caroline selected Alyssa Pohlman, her International Baccalaureate physics teacher.
“Ms. Pohlman has a sincere passion for teaching and wants to see her students succeed,” Caroline said. “She is not only a knowledgeable physicist but also a caring individual who stands out as an exceptional teacher.”
The US Presidential Scholars program was created in 1964 and has recognized more than 7,600 high school seniors to date. Scholars are selected for recognition based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, and evidence of leadership skills and community service, among other achievements and attributes.