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Student Named Vermont's 2023 Presidential Scholar

January 30, 2023

The Vermont Agency of Education announced Anthony Rizvanov as Vermont’s Presidential Scholar recipient for the 2022-2023 school year in a recognition ceremony at the Vermont State House.

Students were selected based on nominations from teachers, administrators, and fellow students. Presidential scholars are recognized in three categories; general, arts, and career technical education. 

“Vermont’s presidential scholar class of 2023 exemplifies the best of Vermont Education,” said Secretary of Education Dan French. “Each of these students has excelled academically, through either traditional or non-traditional learning experiences, and both in many cases. They are responsible citizens, committed to their community, demonstrating leadership in their schools, and serving as an example for their peers. I congratulate the students and their families for this impressive achievement.”

Anthony was acknowledged for his mastery of the trumpet and his involvement with all the instrumental ensembles at Essex High School. He was described as constantly striving to create new music. The review committee was impressed by his mastery of the trumpet through great technical ability, tone, and well-produced pieces overall. One member of the review committee had this to say: “He is going places and I want to see where he goes.” This student showed above-and-beyond involvement in the arts.