Student honored

Kevin Thomas, a Belton New Tech @Waskow senior, is a candidate in the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, Belton ISD announced Tuesday.

Temple resident Kevin Thomas, a Belton New Tech @Waskow senior, is a candidate in the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, officials announced Tuesday.

Thomas, the son of Thomaskutty Alumparambil and Tesina Paul, is one of about 5,000 students selected for the scholars program. He was named a semifinalist in the competitive National Merit Scholarship Program in October.

“I’m really honored,” Thomas said in a news release. “I had never heard of the government directly recognizing students for their academics like this. Regardless of my performance in the next rounds of selection, I can say that I am very happy to hear this news.”

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, established in 1964, recognizes some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and service.

Thomas, who is interested in a career in medicine, is the service coordinator for the National Honor Society and manages the student newspaper, Blair St. Journal. He spent the past two summers interning with clinical research institutions in India.

New Tech Principal Kim Winters said she was excited to learn about Thomas’ achievement.

“We were thrilled to learn the news that Kevin was selected as a candidate for such a prestigious program,” Winters said. “He is a solid student academically and a major contributor to the New Tech community, someone who we can’t wait to keep eyes on in the future.”

To determine 600 semifinalists, candidates will next submit essays, self-assessments and school transcripts that will be reviewed by educators.

One hundred and sixty-one U.S. Presidential Scholars will be named in April by a White House commission. Those scholars will be honored in June and awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion.