ANDOVER – Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that a Greater Lawrence Technical School student has been nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Lourdes Luna Ceballos, a senior from Lawrence, studies Medical Assisting. Ceballos is a certified medical assistant and will continue her education by entering the psychology field with hopes of becoming a psychiatrist. She has been a member of the National Honor Society since her sophomore year and is ranked 14th in her class with a 4.11 grade-point average.
Ceballos has been active in her community volunteering to tutor students, and as a member of the Interact Club. Ceballos also designed the uniform for the Medical Assistant Program.
“Lourdes is a very caring and compassionate student who has displayed these qualities to everyone she has come in contact with,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “She has made significant contributions to the community, and we are excited to see how she will continue to change the world after she leaves Greater Lawrence.”
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The U.S. Presidential Scholar Award is given to distinguished high school students across the country. The award is one of the highest honors given to high school students, as only around 3,000 students across the country are nominated per year.
Ceballos is one of just six career technical education students in Massachusetts nominated this year.
Ceballos and her fellow nominees were recognized by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) during its general membership meeting in Marlborough on Thursday, March 3.
Jeffrey Riley, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner, presented each student with an award on behalf of the state.
The families of each of the nominees were on hand to celebrate the students’ recognition, and met with Commissioner Riley and MAVA members following the event.
“This is a tremendous day, because what we do on a daily basis and what drives us and what we’re passionate about, is our students,” said MAVA President and Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School District Superintendent Ernest Houle. “We’re lucky any time we get to celebrate our students like this, and we applaud each of them for their years of hard work and dedication. Not only are each of these students academically deserving of this honor, but they are all terrific young men and women who will undoubtedly make significant contributions to their careers and communities moving forward.”