LLCA student selected in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Published 12:33 pm Wednesday, January 24, 2024

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Lake Lure Classical Academy Class of 2024 senior Westyn Woodard was recently selected by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction Presidential Scholars Nomination Committee to move forward as a state nominee in the next round of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. 

Dr. Michael Maher, NCDPI Deputy Superintendent, said “Westyn represents the best of North Carolina’s students based on his outstanding scholarship qualities.” 

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and since that time, the program has honored over 8,000 outstanding high school seniors. The mission of the program is to recognize and honor outstanding high school seniors, and thereby encourage high attainment among all students. 

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All scholars selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the online National Recognition Program and are awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion. Scholars selected from North Carolina will be honored at the State Board of Education in early June of 2024. 

During his time at LLCA, Westyn has been a captain of the varsity basketball and golf teams, founder of the school’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, member of the National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, and Student Council, and a mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program. Outside of school, he volunteers with the Lake Lure Junior Olympiad program, Crossfire Ministries, and Pathfinders Youth Group. 

Upon graduation from LLCA, Westyn plans to attend High Point University on an Air Force ROTC Scholarship to study Biomedical Engineering. He is the son of Cody and Tara Lembright Woodard of Lake Lure. 


Submitted by Gayle Youngblood