Senator Collins Surprises Old Town High School Graduates, Presents U.S. Presidential Scholars Award to Valedictorian

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Old Town, ME — In a surprise to the 2019 graduates of Old Town High School at last night’s commencement, U.S. Senator Susan Collins provided brief remarks and presented the U.S. Presidential Scholars Award to valedictorian Emma Hargreaves.


Since 1964, the U.S. Department of Education has recognized our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors with the Presidential Scholars Award.  Only two Maine students were chosen for this prestigious award this year, including Old Town High School’s Emma Hargreaves.


“I am delighted to be here on this very special evening and congratulate the entire Class of 2019,” said Senator Collins.  “I had the pleasure of meeting Emma at the Maine Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony in May.  Her accomplishments in track and field, soccer, and gymnastics are remarkable.  As valedictorian, National Honor Society President, Girls State Delegate, and Girls Nation Senator, she has distinguished herself in academics.  Her volunteerism in the Old Town community demonstrates a commitment to serve others.”


“Emma, it has been a pleasure to get to know you and to have this opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments,” Senator Collins continued.  “I wish you and every member of the Class of 2019 all the best in the years to come.”


The Presidential Scholars program also recognizes distinguished teachers.  During her remarks, Senator Collins congratulated Michael May, a social studies teacher at Old Town High School, who was recognized by the President Scholars program following his nomination by Emma.


Last month, Senator Collins attended the Maine Sports Hall of Fame VIP reception, where she met with this year’s recipients of the 2019 Maine Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Awards, included Emma Hargreaves.