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 WHS senior a candidate for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program  

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Watervliet High School senior Evan Tambolleo has been named a candidate in the prestigious United States Presidential Scholars Program.

Prestigious program recognizes high school seniors from across the country for academic performance, leadership and community service


Watervliet High School senior Evan Tambolleo is a three-sport athlete, president of the Student Council, and has earned high honor roll status throughout his high school years. To add to his list of accomplishments, he was recently named one of 25 New York State high school seniors nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Evan has been invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for this year’s Presidential Scholars Program based on his exceptional performance on the SAT exam, his academic achievement (he is on track to graduate in June with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors) and his leadership in the classroom and in the community.

It's a real honor to have been selected from so many kids across the state and the country, he said.

Evan runs cross country track and plays basketball and baseball for the Watervliet Cannoneers. He is a class officer and is actively involved in the schools Character Education program. Outside of school, Evan has helped raise money for local causes and has performed numerous hours of community service, including serving meals to the elderly at the Senior Center and as a volunteer for the Arsenal City Run, a benefit for Watervliets Adopt-a-Family program.

He credits the many great teachers in Watervliet schools and the support of his parents and family for his success and explained his motivation for striving for excellence. 

I believe that hard work pays off, Evan said. I don't want to have regrets when I leave high school that I didn't do the best I could.

In her nomination letter, high school counselor Ashley Kaplan wrote: “Throughout his four years in high school, Evan has been in honors and college in the high school courses that not only are demanding but courses that will prepare him in order to reach his goals. Evan has shown that he is ready to accept great challenges in the years ahead and has prepared himself for those challenges. Not only has Evan earned the respect of his peers but he has also earned great respect from teachers, coaches and administrators.”

She continued: “Evan has shown an amazing ability to balance all aspects of his life. He is well organized and goal oriented. He has become an outstanding role model for many of Watervliet’s underclassmen.”

Evan plans to pursue an engineering degree at either RPI or the University at Albany next year. He is the son of Nick and Diane Tambolleo; his sister, Morgan, is a freshman at Watervliet High School.

More about the program

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Established in 1964, the program recognizes our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. Learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

“I am honored and pleased that a young man from the 108th Assembly District, is being nominated for the Presidential Scholars Program. Evan Tambolleo is a fine example of the goodness and promise in our youth and it is because of his efforts that he has been nominated for this prestigious award, said New York State Assemblymember John T. McDonald, III. “I appreciate the support of State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia in nominating this young individual and I am excited that he is being advanced to the next level.”

Only 4,000 of approximately 3 million high school seniors in the U.S. are invited to apply. Of those, up to 161 will be selected as finalists and will travel to the White House in June to receive a U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion. Semi-finalists will be announced in mid-April and the names of 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be revealed in May.