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Secretary of Education Mark Holodick has honored 92 public school students from the Class of 2023 as Secretary of Education Scholars.

The students, joined by their families and school leaders, were honored last night during a dinner in Dover. See this video showcasing the students and their self-reflections on what inspired their success.

The scholars also are being recognized on a website to showcase their outstanding achievements.

“This is such an impressive group of young leaders,” Holodick said. “The honorees have succeeded academically while also serving as leaders in their schools and communities. As the students themselves shared, their success is due not just to their own hard work but also thanks to the support of their families and educators. As they prepare for college, the workforce and military service, I hope that wherever their next steps take them, their paths lead them to careers in Delaware. We need them as the future leaders of our state.”

The state has named Secretary of Education Scholars every year since 1984.


The number of scholars from each school is based on enrollment. Principals select the students based on both their academic records and community service. The website includes photographs, principal nomination statements and student narrative statements as submitted by the schools.