Assemblymember Kevin Cahill last week announced that Kingston High student Kira Milgrim has been nominated for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Kira is one of just ten qualified students in New York to be considered for one of the nation’s highest honors for graduating seniors. “When invited by state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to recommend a student from our community, I knew Kira Milgrim would be an excellent candidate,” Cahill stated in a press release. “Kira has garnered a remarkable list of academic and extracurricular accomplishments throughout her time at Kingston High School. She wholly exemplifies the qualities of a young leader with promises of a bright future.”
Kira has kept up an average above 100 in each of her four years at Kingston High School and is ranked first in her graduating class. She was recently recognized as an Outstanding Delegate at a Model United Nations Conference and is well known throughout the community for her involvement. She regularly organizes peer visits to City Council meetings and served as a communications director on Pat Strong’s state Senate campaign.
“I am honored and thrilled to be nominated by the New York State Education Department for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars program,” she stated. “I feel a tremendous debt of gratitude to the Kingston school district faculty and leadership for the opportunities they created, and to Assemblyman Kevin Cahill for his encouragement and support throughout the nomination process. My years at Kingston High School now seem a whirlwind of opportunity and anticipation as I and many of my peers ponder our futures, strive to live out our dreams and recognize how fortunate we have been to grow up in such a special community.”
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Kira has participated in statewide honor bands as a saxophone player every year since eighth grade and just recently led one of the state’s largest high school marching bands to the statewide championship.
“Kira is an amazing, well-rounded kid who has always taken full advantage of the extracurricular programs and college-level courses being offered. She epitomizes all that we as educators hope for of the students graduating from the public school system,” said Principal Kirk Reinhardt of Kingston High School.