MILFORD — Two Milford High School students will be honored this month by Delaware’s Secretary of Education Susan Bunting along with 80 other top public school students.
Seniors Alexis Peterson and Danny Zang were chosen by Principal Shawn Snyder for their academic achievements among other qualities.
“We chose two students who represent our highest [quality],” Mr. Snyder said, saying both students are top-notch, involved and kind.
“The school is a better place because they are here,” he added.
Alexis will graduate from Milford High School this year under the arts and sciences major, formerly called a pathway. With the standard high school courses under her belt, she can also boast five courses in Spanish and seven Advanced Placement, or AP, courses. Five of which she is currently taking.
Her current course load consists only of AP courses this year which she hopes will help prepare her better for college.
Aside from school, this scholar is active in her Milford-based church, True Grace Fellowship.
“If I mention Alexis Peterson to anyone in school, their faces light up and have stories to tell,” Mr. Snyder said of the scholar and just one reason why she was chosen as a Secretary of Education Scholar for 2017.
“I was definitely shocked. It definitely was an honor to get that. I feel so happy, but it’s a little overwhelming. All of that hard work paid off in the end. I’m really happy to see that happen,” she said.
Alexis does not yet have college plans, but is hoping to make some decisions in the near future.
Danny, also an arts and sciences major, plans to take his successes to the University of Delaware next year to study mechanical engineering with a concentration in aerospace engineering.
He currently takes four AP classes: government, literature, physics and biology. He is also the only Milford High School senior in the academic challenge program offered through a partnership with Delaware Tech and UD.
“It [academic challenge] was a good experience to start preparing for college,” he said. “With AP classes, I think it’s worth it. Even if you don’t get a qualifying score, you still get the experience of a heavy work load. I think it’s really benefitted me in that way.”
Students involved in both academic challenge and AP courses have the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school. AP students must pass an AP test in order to earn the credits. Class grades are not based on the AP test score.
Danny’s mom, Karen Zang, said the honor was a pleasant surprise.
“I’m very proud of him. He works very hard. The AP classes have definitely helped him become more organized and helped him study,” she said. “He’s worked hard in school his whole life.”
Danny is a member of the Leo club and honor society at Milford High School
The annual Secretary of Education Scholars banquet will be held Tuesday, April 25 at Dover Downs Hotel in Dover with Delaware’s Governor John Carney, Ms. Bunting, other state leaders, district superintendents, school officials and families in attendance.
“These scholars have diligently worked both in and out of the classroom, and they therefore deserve our recognition for their accomplishments,” Ms. Bunting said. “They are notable both for their academic achievements as well as their significant contributions to their schools and communities. They are leaders in student government, athletics, service groups and musical ensembles. They volunteer for nonprofit organizations and advocate for causes they believe in. They work part-time. Thus, they do all of this while excelling academically.”
The state has recognized Secretary of Education Scholars every year since 1984.
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