Seventy-seven Idaho students were nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, according to a U.S. Department of Education list of the over 5,000 students in the running this year.

Established in 1964, the program recognizes seniors who score well on college entrance exams, or who demonstrate exceptional art or career-technical ability.

Up to 161 students are chosen each year. The department says it will announce the scholars in May.

The State Department of Education is taking nominations for Idaho’s next Teacher of the Year — a top honor that awards money and requires statewide travel to promote Idaho education.

Nominations are due by March 14, the SDE said in a recent news release. Nominated teachers are notified and can apply by May 9. The agency will announce the winning teacher in a surprise school visit in September.

“Idaho is full of passionate, innovative teachers who inspire their students to dream and achieve,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said. “Choose a favorite teacher who has made a difference for you or your child, then send us a nomination.”

All public school teachers are eligible.

This year’s Idaho Teacher of the Year, Todd Knight, called for changes to standardized testing in a presentation to state lawmakers last month. Knight, a West Ada alternative school teacher, teaches science, engineering and coding at Crossroads Middle School in Meridian.

About 150 teachers were nominated last year, the release said. Visit the “Idaho Teacher of the Year” page on the State Department of Education’s website to nominate teachers.

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