Will Calli

Woodbridge High School senior, Will Calli, has advanced as one of 621 semi-finalists from across the country to be a U. S. Presidential Scholar for Career and Technical Education. Each year only 161 students are named Presidential Scholars, making it one of the highest honors received by high school seniors across the country.

The career and technical education (CTE) nominees are chosen based on their accomplishments in CTE fields. Students are nominated through their Chief State School Officer (CSSO), who can nominate up to five candidates who meet the U.S. Presidential Scholars candidacy requirements.

Calli was originally nominated at the state level by his Engineering Teacher Timothy DeFelice, who was impressed with his determination to excel in the engineering program. As a semi-finalist, Calli's candidacy materials will be reviewed by a committee and evaluated based on his academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of his candidacy materials.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964 to recognize and honor outstanding high school seniors for their accomplishments academically. This program was expanded to include students who exhibit ability and accomplishments in career and technical education fields in 2015.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars winners will be announced later this month.