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Skoufis Nominee for Presidential Scholarship Advances in New York State

Skoufis Nominee for Presidential Scholarship Advances in New York State
Kaitlyn Murphy of Valley Central High School one of five students chosen

In October, Senator James Skoufis nominated Kaitlyn Murphy of Valley Central High School for
the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Excellence in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program.
On December 19th, the State Education Department announced that Kaitlyn was chosen as one of five
students from New York that Acting Commissioner Shannon Tahoe has nominated as a candidate
for recognition in the national program.
Kaitlyn Murphy is a CTE senior at Valley Central High School. She is dedicated to both the JROTC
Program, acting as Battalion Executive Officer, and to the Girl Scouts of America, where she will
soon earn the highest achievement, the Gold Award. She is a deeply committed community
servant, is a Town of Montgomery Ambulance Corps volunteer, and has interned at the Orange
County Sheriff's Office.
Kaitlyn maintains an A average and stands out in the BOCES Career Technical Security and Law
Enforcement Program where she has earned membership into the National Technical Honor
Society. She is a three-season runner who attended Empire Girls State sponsored by the
American Legion Auxiliary. Kaitlyn plans to serve in the U.S. Air Force and to continue her studies
in psychology.
Senator James Skoufis said, "Kaitlyn Murphy of Montgomery represents the absolute best of our
community’s students. She has excelled both academically and athletically in the face of
incredible adversity, all while demonstrating a strong commitment to serving her community and
our country. I’m very proud to have helped nominate Kaitlyn as a Presidential Scholars nominee
and I look forward to watching her continue to make our state and world a better place."

Valley Central School District Superintendent John Xanthis said, "The Valley Central School
District prides itself on empowering students like Kaitlyn to reach their full potential. I thank
Senator Skoufis for nominating such an exemplary member of the Valley Central community, and
look forward to seeing all of Kaitlyn's future success."
Kaitlyn Murphy said, “I am overwhelmed with honor and pride in being nominated for the
Presidential Scholars Award, as well as so thankful for everyone who has supported me up to this
point in my life. I look forward to using past experiences and future opportunities through
serving my country in the United States Air Force."
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based
on their academic success, artistic excellence, as well as evidence of community service,
leadership, and a demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Nominees will be invited to apply
for the honor in January; the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars will receive
the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, DC.