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Black Hawk selected as Arizona U.S. Presidential Scholar CTE nominee

Ruth Nyagaka

Williams Field senior Ruth Nyagaka is one of five Arizona students nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education award.

Nyagaka’s nomination by the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office was sent to the Commission on Presidential Scholars at the U.S. Department of Education this month.

For the past three years, Nyagaka has been vice president of the Gilbert school’s DECA club, where she’s learned leadership, marketing and business. She started in the marketing class her freshman year after hearing about the Cooley Middle School marketing class from a peer.

“It was a fun class,” she said. “And Ms. Porter encourages people to join DECA.”

April Porter is the DECA sponsor at Williams Field.

“I have been in CTE since my freshman year and have competed at numerous DECA Competitions at the local, state, and international level,” Nyagaka wrote in an e-mail. “I have gained valuable attributes to my character and knowledge, developed in public speaking and problem solving, as well as furthered my leadership through Marketing and DECA at Williams Field High School.”

To be an Arizona nominee, Nyagaka submitted a number of essays, along with her academic history.

Nyagaka is ranked in the top 5 percent of the Class of 2019 and is exploring an undergraduate degree in global health, with longer term plans to study obstetrics and gynecology.

As an Arizona nominees, Nyagaka can now to apply to be a U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education national finalist in January 2019. Twenty U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education students will be recognized in May 2019.

In addition to this honor, Nyagaka is a QuestBridge National College Match finalist and was selected to participate in a National Geographic Expedition last summer, which included a service trip abroad.