Kenmore West High School alumnus and Cornell University graduate Christina Drakeford has been distinguished as a Cornell University Merrill Presidential Scholar.
This distinction is only awarded to the top 1 percent of graduates, and Merrill Scholars are chosen not only for their scholastic accomplishments but also their “remarkable intellectual drive, energetic leadership abilities and a propensity to contribute to the betterment of society,” according to Cornell University.
Christina was the valedictorian of the Kenmore West High School Class of 2013, and was also among the first graduates of the school’s prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. In December, Christina graduated a semester early from Cornell University and is currently working at Cellino & Barnes in Buffalo as a human resources assistant. She will begin law school in the fall.
At the Merrill Presidential Scholars Convocation, which is typically held in May, the students chosen for this honor are asked to invite one member of the Cornell University faculty and one secondary school teacher to attend. Christina asked Laura Howse, coordinator of the IB Program at Kenmore West High School, because of the impact she had on Christina’s high school experience.
“Kenmore West provides challenging programs for its students (honors, AP, IB) in order to prepare them for their undergraduate years,” Christina said. “Experiencing this academic environment gave me the confidence to begin Cornell knowing that I had the tools necessary to perform well there. I would recommend taking advantage of as many extracurricular activities and academic opportunities as you can in order to develop yourself and get a taste of what life post-graduation may be like.”
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