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Montandon named 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar
Warren County High School senior Marlie Montandon has been selected as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar. She is the daughter of Jason and Melissa Montandon.

U.S. Secretary of Education John King has announced the selection of Warren County High School student Marlie Montandon as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Montandon is one of 160 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 19-21. She is the daughter of Jason and Melissa Montandon.
“This is truly an historic achievement not only for Miss Montandon and her family but for Warren County and Tennessee,” said Bill Zechman, Warren County Board of Education member. “Selection as one of the 20 Presidential Scholars in CTE from all across the United States is an extraordinary honor that reflects credit on Marlie and all those who support her scholastic and career-technical efforts.”
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
According to WCHS principal Jimmy Walker, Montandon’s personality compares to Tim McGraw’s song “Humble and Kind.”
“She is a student that goes about her business with little notice and does not seek recognition. She is one of most humble students I have ever been associated with,” said Walker. “This young lady is very deserving of this prestigious award.”
“This year’s class of Presidential Scholars continues a more than 50-year trend of honoring students who’ve shown excellence in their educational, artistic and civic pursuits,” King said. “Thirty years ago, the program was expanded to include students in the arts, which is critical to providing students with a well-rounded education.”
Since 1983, each Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. Each distinguished teacher is honored with a personal letter from the Secretary of Education. The teacher chosen for recognition by Montandon is Shannon Ford of Warren County High School.
“Marlie is an exceptionally motivated young lady. She served as the 2015-16 vice president of the Warren County FFA Chapter and participated in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) in diversified livestock and gardening. I am so proud of her for all of her accomplishments and she is so deserving of this honor,” said career and technical education director Tracy Risinger.