Borges named as Washington Scholar

Mafalda Borges of Bainbridge Island has been named a Washington Scholar.

Borges attends Bainbridge High. She was one of 196 top high school seniors honored as Washington Scholars or Washington Scholar Alternates in recognition of their academic achievements, leadership and community service.

This year’s winners were announced this week by the Washington Student Achievement Council and the Association of Washington School Principals.

The Student Achievement Council conducts the Washington Scholars selection process in cooperation with the principals association.

The program annually honors the accomplishments of three high school seniors from each of the state’s 49 legislative districts — a total of 147 students. A Washington Scholar Alternate also is designated from each district.

“This year’s Washington Scholar class occupies a lofty position on the honor roll of our state’s most accomplished students,” said Student Achievement Council Executive Director Gene Sharratt. “With this honor, we recognize their success, and point to them as examples of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication to a goal.”

Washington Scholar candidates, who represent the top 1 percent of graduating seniors, are initially nominated by high school principals based on academic, leadership and community-service accomplishments.

Final recipients are then selected by a 36-member committee of representatives from public and private high schools, state educational agencies and public and private universities.


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