The United States Department of Education announced that Windermere HS CTE DVT student, Sage Croft, was selected as one of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts recipient. This selection is the highest honor that a youth artist can receive for excellence in their work. Every year, only 20 of the top artists in the nation and across all fields are recognized. Earlier this year, Sage was recognized by YoungArts as a finalist in filmmaking, which is the initial nomination process for being a U. S. Presidential Scholar.
The Presidential Scholars Class of 2020 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer. Typically, recipients are to attend an awards ceremony at the White House and honored by the President, but due to COVID-19 it has been canceled.
Along with Sage, the U.S. Presidential Scholars program also selects distinguished teachers to be recognized. Sage Croft nominated his teacher, Lori Laurenzana, who was chosen this year as one of six teachers in the State of Florida and one of 161 teachers selected from the entire U.S, by the committee. “It is quite an honor to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar Distinguished Educator, and I’m so thankful to be doing a job I LOVE with amazing students!” said Lori Laurenzana.