Eau Gallie High School Senior Nicolette Espino Honored as BPS Nominee for U.S. Presidential Scholar Academic Award

chosen based on her academic record, community involvement and leadership

Nicolette Espino, a senior at Eau Gallie High School, above third from right, has been selected as the Brevard Public Schools nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Academic Award. Throughout Brevard County, 519 seniors were initially identified as meeting the minimum requirements for this prestigious award, which was established in 1964 to recognize and honor superior high school seniors. (BPS image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Nicolette Espino, a senior at Eau Gallie High School, has been selected as the Brevard Public Schools nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Academic Award.

Throughout Brevard County, 519 seniors were initially identified as meeting the minimum requirements for this prestigious award, which was established in 1964 to recognize and honor superior high school seniors.

Of 17 BPS school finalists, Espino was chosen based on her academic record, community involvement and leadership.

According to BPS officials, Espino has taken on the most rigorous course of study available at Eau Gallie High School.

She has earned the AICE Diploma with Distinction and is nearing completion of her Associate of Arts Degree from EFSC. She has maintained a cumulative unweighted GPA of 4.0 and a 4.6 weighted GPA with stellar SAT scores.

Espino moved to the United States from Peru as a 7th grader, and ss an immigrant to the United States, English was not her first language.

She used this experience to push herself to work harder and “be resilient and have enough motivation to develop sensitivity for others, high achievement, and intellectual growth,” said BPS officials.

“Nicolette is energized by rigor and novel content,” said her school counselor, Rich Larson.

“She genuinely loves learning and the growth that accompanies new challenges. Beyond the classroom, Nicolette serves as a peer tutor and Student Ambassador. In both of these roles, Nicolette is reliable, consistent, kind in her interactions, and very effective in her instruction.”

Espino is also a student leader of Students Working Against Tobacco and has appeared twice at Brevard’s School Board meetings to address a policy change for in-school vaping and is in the process of meeting with a Florida senator to discuss the same issues.

All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program held in Washington, D.C.

During this trip, U.S. Presidential Scholars are guests of the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Commission and enjoy an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with government officials, educators, and other accomplished people.

To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

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