ALJ Senior Andrew Kamichoff Honored by U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

ALJ senior Andrew Kamichoff (right) was recently named to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. (File photo with Richard Delmonaco, ALJ Principal) Credits: Susan R. Bonnell

CLARK, NJ – Andrew Kamichoff, a senior at Arthur L. Johnson High School, has been named a Career and Technical Education candidate as part of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Kamichoff is the first student from ALJ to make it past the state level review for this prestigious program.

“I am really proud to be recognized for my hard work,” Kamichoff said. “I think it is great recognition for the school as well. Clark has a great school district.”

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Kamichoff will join his fellow scholars in June at the National Recognition Program held in Washington, D.C. as they are awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion. As guests of the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), scholars will meet with government officials, educators and other accomplished people during their trip.

Kamichoff is no stranger to academic success. Last fall, he was one of 34,000 students in the nation to be named National Merit Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Kamichoff's mother, Martha Kamichoff, says her son remains down-to-earth, despite the accolades. “He is a very humble kid," she said. "You will never hear him brag or boast about his accomplishments. We are very proud.”.

Kamichoff also achieved the Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout the night before his 14th birthday. His mother believes his humble disposition comes from his scout training.

“To be recognized as part of this program acknowledges all that he has done not only in school, but with the Boy Scouts of America,” said ALJ Principal Rick Delmonaco. “Andrew puts forth a dedicated and positive effort in everything that he does. It is a privilege to have him as a student at Arthur L. Johnson."

Kamichoff, a member of the ALJ bowling team and science league, plans to study mechanical and aeronautical engineering at either Rowan University or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

"Andrew is an incredibly talented young man and this is a beyond well-deserved honor for him, his family and our entire school community,” said interim schools superintendent Ed Grande said. “We are most proud of him and know that this award is the beginning of a radiant future.”

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was started in 1964, by a presidential executive order, "to recognize and honor some or our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors," says the USDOE. "In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields."

The department says 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars each year.

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