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PTHS Seniors Named Presidential Scholar Candidates
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Jenna Price and Mason Romanak, seniors at Paducah Tilghman High School, have been named candidates in the 2021 United States Presidential Scholars Program by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education. Of the nearly 3.5 million high school seniors graduating this year, fewer than 4,000 students from across the country have been selected to participate in the prestigious recognition program. 

Approximately 100 Kentucky high school seniors have been designated 2021 Presidential Scholar Candidates. 

Price is a National Merit Commended Student, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and a Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. She is an alumna of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in visual arts and is a two-time first place winner of the Yeiser Art Center’s Teen Spirit regional show. A four-year member of Tilghman’s marching, concert and pep bands, Price has chaired in trumpet in KMEA’s All-State Symphonic Band and Concert Band and was awarded first chair trumpet in All District Symphonic Band.

She was part of the Kentucky History Day video documentary team that won state runner up and an invitation to participate nationally in Washington, D.C. Price is also a member of the National Honor Society and Tilghman Environmental Sustainability Club. She is the daughter of Kent and Julie Price. 

Romanak is a National Merit Commended Student, an AP Scholar with Honor, a Paducah Bank Teen of the Week, and a College Board Rural and Small Town Scholar. He is an alumnus of the Kentucky Governor’ s School for the Arts in instrumental music. He earned first chair, double bass, in the 2020 Kentucky All State Symphony Orchestra and has participated in the Murray State Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute and University of Louisville Invitational Honor Band.

He is a member of Prime Rib, Tilghman’s male a cappella choir, and has participated in the school’s theater department productions. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Tilghman Environmental Sustainability Club. He is the son of Eric and Denise Romanak.​

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by executive order of the president to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished high school seniors. Students are selected based on academic success, leadership, and service to school and community.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars will select 500 semifinalists from the national pool of honored students. In April, 121 students, including one male and one female from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad, will be named U.S. Presidential Scholars. These students will be recognized at the White House later this summer.

"Jenna and Masonare both extremely talented and committed to the highest level of academic excellence. Most importantly, I think, they are good, kind people who have used their talents and passions to enrich Tilghman and Paducah,” said College and Scholarship Advisor Sid Hancock. 

“The PTHS family is thrilled to see their names included among the nation’s brightest and most engaged high school seniors.”

Published 06:30 PM, Friday Jan. 22, 2021
Updated 06:35 PM, Friday Jan. 22, 2021

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