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Mount Vernon Schools Name Four 'Star Scholars'

Agustin Mendoza, Michael Persaud, Taury Phelps and Judy Yu have been named as this year’s Mount Vernon Star Scholars.
Agustin Mendoza, Michael Persaud, Taury Phelps and Judy Yu have been named as this year’s Mount Vernon Star Scholars. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Four Mount Vernon High School seniors were selected as “Star Scholars,” and will receive one-on-one assistance in gaining admission to certain colleges as they prepare to continue their education.

Agustin Mendoza, Michael Persaud, Taury Phelps and Judy Yu have been named as this year’s Mount Vernon Star Scholars, a program established in 2012 by residents Norm Savoie and Darcy Miller.

Each year, select students are named Star Scholars, a program that “assists a select group of academically-talented students at Mount Vernon high schools gain admission to selective colleges and universities in the United States.” The Scholars receive one-on-one guidance in their college search from volunteer mentors.

The program is available to all Mount Vernon students that maintain a weighted grade point average of at least an 85. According to the district, scholars are chosen in the summer between their sophomore and junior year based primarily on their academic achievement in their first two years of high school and their commitment to continuing their education at the undergraduate level upon graduation from high school.

“The students will receive assistance in important areas such as test preparation and securing financial aid,” Miller said. “The volunteer mentors will help the star scholars navigate the complex college application process every step of the way.”

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