Greece student named 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar | News
A high school senior from Greece is one of seven students from New York to be named a 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Michael Leadbetter is a senior at Greece Athena High School. He is the only student from the Rochester area to receive this honor.
Leadbetter is among the 141 high school seniors from around the country to be named a presidential scholar. These students received the honor based on their academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citzenship, service, and contribution to school and community.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 16-19.
Leadbetter has been involved in the music and theater program at Athena High School. Last year, he played "The Phantom" in Athena's production of the "Phantom of the Opera" and he is currently playing, "Link Larkin" in the school's production of "Hairspray."
Michael's teacher, Judith Ranaletta, who retired from Greece Athena and is currently the artistic director at RAPA will also be honored at the awards ceremony in Washington DC as Michael's most influential teacher.
Michael will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for Music Theatre next year. He was one of 12 kids selected out of over 1500 auditioning.