Fourth Presidentís Competition Attracts 194 Bright Seniors from Across the State

President Manuel Esteban creates a paper weight for the parents of high school
students on campus for the Presidentís Scholarsí competition. Art instructor
Robert Herhusky (sitting on table), explains the process. (photo KM)
Rain, wind, and dark clouds did not keep 194 high school students and their parents away from the President's Scholar Competition held February 20 on campus. The students and their families came from as far away as Spokane, Washington, Bend, Oregon, and Escondido California.

The students competed for ten $5,000 scholarships (up from six awarded last year) and twenty-five $500 scholarships through three batteries of tests. Parents toured several programs on campus, including the Wellness Center, General Studies Thematic Program, the Instructional Media Center, and the Survey Research Center. Some parents were treated to a glass-blowing demonstration by Manuel Esteban, who practiced the art under his father, a master glass-blower originally from Spain.

President Esteban hosted a reception at the end of the day for students and their families where they talked with deans, chairs, and representatives from various student services and programs.

Carol Berg, chair of the President's Scholars Committee, said, "This was the smoothest competition day ever. It just keeps getting better. The best part is knowing that we are making a difference in a substantial number of excellent students' choice to attend CSU, Chico."


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