Story last updated at 5/9/2012 - 1:17 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaskan high school seniors Alec P. Pankow, of Ketchikan and Brigit M. Noon, of Fairbanks were named as U.S. President Scholars today by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
"Now more than ever, high school students have competing priorities, pressures and interests - not to mention added distractions their parents didn't have," Sen. Lisa Murkowski said. "That's why we should especially congratulate Brigit and Alec today as being among only 141 students across the nation to have achieved this honor. I also encourage each of them to take this recognition as a springboard to even greater heights and hope that they will contribute their talents to our state."
Noon is a graduating senior at West Valley High School in Fairbanks and Pankow is a graduating senior from Ketchikan High School. Each scholar nominates an exceptional teacher to win the Teacher Recognition Award. Noon selected English teacher Carrier Heimer, and Pankow chose Rebecca Bowlen - who teaches English, folklore and drama.
"Nearly every one of us can immediately call to mind the teacher's name who inspired us and pushed us to be better than we thought ourselves capable," said Murkowski.