Sherenté Mishitashin Harris of The Narragansett Indian Tribe Named Candidate in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Sherenté Mishitashin Harris

Published January 24,  2018

WASHINGTON – Sherenté Mishitashin Harris​, a graduating senior at The Metropolitan Regional Career & Technical Center​ (Paul W. Crowley Campus in Newport, Rhode Island), has been named a Career and Technical Education candidate as part of the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The Career and Technical Education candidates were nominated by their Chief State School Officers
based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the 161 Scholars in May. Of these, up to 20 will be selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities. Sherenté​ is the child of Thawn Sherenté & Eleanor Dove Harris​, both of the Narragansett Tribe.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, parents and students can call the Presidential Scholars Office at 507.931.8345, or send an e-mail to

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