Student, teacher honored

Jamie Hwang, Eugene Gagliano Jamie Hwang, Eugene Gagliano Marlboro High School graduate Jamie Hwang has been named a United States Presidential Scholar.

Only 141 high school seniors are selected annually for this award, which is one of the nation’s highest honors for students. One male and one female student are selected from each state, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from American families living abroad.

Selection is based on exceptional academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and service at school and in the community.

Hwang joined the other scholars during National Recognition Week (June 24-27) in Washington, D.C., where each scholar was presented with the Presidential Scholar’s medallion during a special awards ceremony at the White House.

During the week, Presidential Scholars met with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people. They also had the opportunity to visit museums and monuments, and to attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies.

The Presidential Scholars program also recognizes teachers who have significantly influenced their students.

According to Hwang, Eugene Gagli-ano, her physics teacher, immediately came to mind as the teacher most responsible for her academic achievements. Gagliano joined Hwang in Washington, D.C., where he received a Presidential Teacher Recognition Award.

“He is such a fascinating person; he’s seen and done so many things,” said Hwang, describing Gagliano’s past ad-ventures as a race car driver, skydiver, and shark fisherman. “He’s not afraid to try things, and encourages his students to try things, to stretch their limits, and do their best at whatever they try.”

“Being chosen a distinguished teacher is a tremendous honor,” said Gagliano. “It is very gratifying to realize that teachers have such an impact on their students.”

Hwang will continue her academic career at Dartmouth College in September, while Gagliano will continue to motivate and inspire his students to raise the bar of academics at Marlboro High School.