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Conard Student Named Governor’s Scholar

Grace Kneidel (center) is pictured receiving her award from Deirdra Preis, Ed.D., Chair of the Governor’s Scholars Committee and Housemaster at Fairfield Warde High School (right), and Joseph Ciejka, Regional Director for Horace Mann Insurance. Submitted photo

Grace Kneidel, a junior at West Hartford’s Conard High School, was one of 22 students in the state named a Governor’s Scholar.

Submitted by Marisa Barry, Student Activities Coordinator, Conard High School

Grace Kneidel from Conard High School was selected as one of 22 of Connecticut’s top juniors designated as Governor’s Scholars.

Sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) and Horace Mann, the purpose of the Governor’s Scholars Program is to recognize academically talented high school juniors in schools throughout the state and present a select group for special recognition to the Governor of Connecticut.

All students recognized for this prestigious award were honored at the Twenty-second Annual Governor’s Scholars Luncheon which was held at the Aqua Turf in Southington on May 24. Each honoree received a plaque designating them as a 2018 Connecticut Governor’s Scholar.

The majority of Connecticut’s colleges and universities also support this program by making gratis college level courses available to the 22 scholars. The University of Connecticut will award an Academic Excellence Scholarship to all freshman Connecticut Governor’s Scholars enrolled for the fall 2019 entering class. The Academic Excellence Scholarship will be awarded for each of four academic years (eight full semesters of undergraduate work) and its current fixed amount is $7,500 a year.

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