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Region 15 Schools

Congratulations to Lila Kania! Recipient of the Rensselaer Award!

Lila Kania, a PHS junior, was recently awarded the prestigious Rensselaer Medal, for outstanding excellence in math and science courses.  She was recognized at the June 10th, 2024, Region 15 Board of Education meeting by the PHS Math/Science Chairperson, Mr. Christopher Walsh.  

Mr. Walsh shared that each year, PHS teachers identify a junior who excels in math and science classes, who demonstrates commitment above and beyond the coursework presented and is interested in pursuing a future in a field where excellence in math and science courses are a necessity.  The Rensselaer Medal is a premier merit scholarship, with a value of $40,000 per year, and guaranteed for four years (five years for the Bachelor in Architecture program) for each Medalist who is accepted and enrolls at Rensselaer.

“Lila is an outstanding student and all-around great person. Lila is thoughtful with her work, asks high-level questions and collaborates well with all her classmates. Lila's mathematical skills are at the top of her class and I know she will continue to do great things when she continues her education. It was a pleasure to have her in class this year!” said Mrs. Belisle, PHS Honors Precalculus teacher.

“Lila continuously challenges herself. She took on a very rigorous academic schedule, including four AP courses, earning an A in all of them. She is also a starting varsity member of the field hockey and lacrosse teams this year. Lila went the extra mile in order to be successful, using her study hall time, as well as after-school time to review and prepare. She has the fortitude necessary for success. I am so happy that Lila is receiving this award and recognition,” shared Mr. McGee, PHS AP Biology teacher.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, awards the Rensselaer medal to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate them towards careers in science, engineering, and technology. The Rensselaer medal was first awarded by Rensselaer in 1916.

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