James Farlow, a senior at North Bend High School (NBHS), has been awarded the Presidential Scholars Award from Oregon State University. This is OSU's most prestigious award, and is "designed to reward academic excellence and inspire those selected to continue to be a positive force in the world" (OSU website).
To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, students must be a current Oregon high school senior with at least a 3.85 un-weighted GPA and minimum 1360 on the SAT (or 29 on ACT).
Eduardo Rodriguez, admissions advisor for Oregon State, was on-hand at NBHS on Monday to present Farlow, who was surrounded by family and friends, with this honor. Mr. Rodriguez stated:
"James embodies that type of student any institution would like to have on their campus. His academic achievements, along with the character he possesses, makes him an incredible individual. We would love to have him at Oregon State.
"Oregon State University's Presidential Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship. This year out of 755 students considered, James was one of 89 awarded, making him part of a selective group whose accomplishments stand on their own."
Farlow's parents, Scott and Caren Farlow, and grandparents, Jim and Sue Allen, were also in attendance for the award presentation.
"We are very proud of him. James is naturally smart — it just comes to him. He is ready for the next step in his life. We are very proud of his accomplishment and no matter where he ends up, he will be successful," said his dad.
"James is a bright student and we're just really excited to see him receive this honor" said principal Bill Lucero.