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TASIS Dorado Senior Liliana Dávila Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today announced the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

The TASIS School in Dorado is very proud to announce that Liliana Dávila Perea, Class of 2022, has been selected as one of the two recipients of the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars for Puerto Rico.

"Our 2022 Presidential Scholars represent the best of America, and remind us that when empowered by education, there are no limits to what our young people can achieve," said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. "Today, I join President Biden to celebrate a class of scholars whose pursuit of knowledge, generosity of spirit, and exceptional talents bring our nation tremendous pride. Throughout one of the most trying periods in our nation's history and amid our recovery from the pandemic, our students have once again demonstrated their strength and that they have so much to contribute to our country. Thanks to them, I know America's future is bright."

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership.

This summer, the Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement with an online recognition program.

As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,900 of the nation's top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Liliana acknowledged Rachel Glenn, TD high school Biology, AP Biology, and AP Environmental Science teacher, who has been with TASIS Dorado for 8 years, as her most influential teacher. At the virtual ceremony, Ms. Glenn will receive a Distinguished Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Next fall, Liliana will pursue her undergraduate studies in Communications at The University of Pennsylvania. This honor is the latest of a series of prestigious accomplishments including National Student Council Distinguished Leader, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Hispanic Scholar, and founder of non-profit Cookies4Change to benefit Hogar Ruth, a women and children's shelter, and the community of Los Naranjos. Liliana joins previous Presidential Scholars, Cecilia Joy '11 and Cristina Trápaga '18, as the third Scholar in TASIS Dorado's brief 20-year history.

Congratulations, Liliana, on this wonderful recognition of your accomplishments and to the TASIS Dorado community of educators on their commitment and dedication to fulfilling our mission to challenge and nurture our students to pursue academic and personal excellence, so that they become engaged global citizens and innovative, selfless leaders.

A complete list of 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars is available at

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Mia Cortés Castro Named 2022 National Merit Winner

(Evanston, Illinois) Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) announced this year's National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. TASIS Dorado is proud to congratulate MIA CORTÉS CASTRO, Class of 2022, for being selected as a 2022 National Merit Scholarship winner!

Mia was chosen from 15,000 outstanding finalists and will receive a scholarship. 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were selected from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®); contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Mia will attend Yale University next fall to major in English with a concentration in Journalism and Creative Writing. This honor is the latest in a long line of previous achievements for Mia:
• AP Scholar with Distinction
• U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist
• National Hispanic Scholar
• Girl Scout Ambassador, Bronze Medal Award recipient, and Gold Medal Award Candidate

Congratulations, Mia! We're so proud of you!


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TASIS Dorado's Student Council Earns Top National Award

Dorado, PR (April 19, 2022)—For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the TASIS Dorado student council has been recognized as a 2022 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National of Student Council (NatStuCo). The NatStuCo program is supported by its parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

"Receiving a National Gold Council of Excellence Award shows the utmost dedication a school's students, leaders, and staff have made to making their community a better place," said NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe. "TASIS Dorado has gone above and beyond in elevating student voice to ensure they are establishing a positive climate and culture, as well as fostering academic and social growth for all."

"We want to send a very heartfelt congratulations to our Student Council Executive Board and Mr. Garrison Knapp for earning a National Gold Council of Excellence Award for the second consecutive year. This Board exemplifies leadership. Their tireless effort has brought so much joy and pride to our school. We thank you for your hard work and dedication. Bear Pride!" says Director of High School Sara Hernández.

It is a great honor for the Student Council to receive the Gold Status Award. This recognition truly serves as a symbol of our team's outstanding commitment, hard work, and spirit this year. I want to thank our advisor, Mr. G, for his unconditional support and leadership, the Executive Board for their relentless dedication, and every council member for their continuous enthusiasm to serve the student body. I am incredibly proud to be a part of such an amazing council!" Liliana Dávila '22, Student Council president, exclaimed.

"The challenges this council and board faced, as we returned back to campus, were unprecedented as these leaders were thrust into positions of leadership after three academic years away. The amount of mentoring and role-modeling that takes place on a daily basis from our older to younger students is crucial but has been non-existent due to the pandemic. This Executive Board took a thorough look at all our activities and reassessed if these activities were mission-aligned and how they serve the school. Liliana was instrumental in re-establishing the foundation of the Student Council, as well as the purpose for future Student Leaders to build on. For that, we are extremely grateful and appreciate her hard work and that of Natalia Pérez, José Puig, and Alana Fuentes," praised Student Council Advisor Mr. Garrison Knapp.

To meet the requirements for the National Gold Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, and a democratic election process, the councils have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community.

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About National Student Council

National Student Council (NatStuCo) provides and promotes professional development and leadership training to student council advisers who, in turn, teach leadership skills to student council members. NatStuCo is dedicated to preparing and empowering student leaders to better serve their schools and communities. For more information, visit


For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, Virginia, visit or call 703-860-0200.

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