MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Some of Mount Vernon’s best and brightest have been selected as the district’s Class of 2018 “Star Scholars.”
Each year, the Mount Vernon Star Scholars selects five students in the junior class to be mentored by five of the top students in the senior class as they plan to continue their post-graduate education at some of the nation's top schools.
Recently, both the juniors and seniors were celebrated for their achievements both academically and outside the classroom.
This year, Ruby Acquah, Peace Anaja, Stella Balbino and Crystal McFarlane were elected from the Mount Vernon High School Class of 2018, and Carmen Alvarez from Thornton High School were named as the Class of 2018 Star Scholars.
According to the district, the Mount Vernon Star Scholars is a program that assists a select group of academically-talented students from Mount Vernon’s high school gain admission to selective colleges and universities throughout the country.
Star Scholars must maintain a Grade Point Average greater than 85. They are chosen in the summer between their sophomore and junior years, based on their academic achievement in the first two years of their high school careers and commitment to continuing their education post-graduation.
Former Star Scholars are currently enrolled in Harvard University, Case Western Reserve University and UCONN.
“The assistance the students will receive is invaluable in helping them navigate the complex college application process,” Mount Vernon Star Scholars founder Norm Savoie said. “From securing financial aid to preparing for the SAT, a mentor will be with them every step of the way.”