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Jackson’s Lily Brazil competes in the 1,600-meter race during the 2019 Lynn Williams Invitational at William T. McIntosh Stadium.

Recent Jackson Hole High School graduate Lily Brazil has joined some rare company.

Brazil is one of 159 students who will be honored this weekend in Washington, D.C., as part of the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Created in 1964 by presidential executive order, the program recognizes some of the country’s most distinguished graduating seniors.

Applicants must score exceptionally high on the SAT or ACT tests and demonstrate high-level academic ability. Students can also be recognized for their contributions as part of visual arts or technical and vocational programs as well.

“I’m very excited,” Brazil said. “I’m really honored to have been chosen.”

As part of the program, students also nominated a teacher they felt should be recognized. Brazil nominated Jackson Hole High School math teacher Jennifer Kelley. She was named one of the program’s 2019 Distinguished Teachers.

Brazil was one of eight Jackson Hole High School graduates who finished with a 4.0 GPA. She was also a member of the Broncs cross-country team that won the state title this past fall, and she was one of the leaders among the distance runners on the track team this spring. She will attend Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, in the fall. She hasn’t decided what she wants to study, but she’s looking forward to relaxing a bit before the school year begins.

“Not much,” she said when asked what she had planned for the summer. “I’ll do some hiking and camping. And I’ll work for two weeks at the children’s museum before I leave.”

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-5902 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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