My name is... Zak Chorny

Golden High Schooler, Presidential Scholar candidate

Posted 3/6/19

Bound for the big city I’m a senior at Golden High School. I enjoy all academics in general. I haven’t narrowed down my exact field of study for college, but I have interest in possibly pursuing …

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My name is... Zak Chorny

Golden High Schooler, Presidential Scholar candidate

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Bound for the big city

I’m a senior at Golden High School.

I enjoy all academics in general. I haven’t narrowed down my exact field of study for college, but I have interest in possibly pursuing something in mathematics, economics or political science. I’ve applied to colleges mainly on the east coast because I have extended family out there, and I’ve always wanted to live in a big city, like New York.

I’ve played varsity tennis all four years of high school. My doubles teammate, Zak Bayer, and I made it to the state tournament this past October.

I’m also president of the school’s National Honor Society. In this role, I schedule the members for community volunteer projects. We work with area elementary school as well as a variety of community organizations. I tutor kindergarteners at Welchester every Monday.

I’m an animal-lover. In the past, I volunteered at the Dumb Friends League, but for the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve been working part time at the Genesee Veterinary Hospital.

Honored for academic achievements

In January, I found out I was selected as a candidate for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. This was not something that I was expecting because there was no application process — I believe I was selected based off my SAT score.

I’m one of more than 4,500 candidates nationwide, and one of seven in Jefferson County. I now have to complete a lengthy application to advance in the selection process. It’s an amazing honor that I’m proud of, so I’m going to go forward with the application process.

This spring, they’ll announce the 160 finalists who will receive the recognition.

Being a Presidential Scholar doesn’t provide college tuition. However, it provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience of being honored for academic achievements. The finalists will get an all-expense paid trip to D.C., a U.S. Presidential Scholar medallion and a ceremony at the White House.

A friendly competition on the slopes

I was born in California, but I’ve lived in Colorado since I was 1. I consider myself a Colorado native. My family and I have lived in Genesee for about 15 years. I love the location — we live on three acres off a dirt road. I enjoy the easy access to the mountains for skiing, and the easy access to Golden for its urban amenities.

I’ve been skiing since I was 5. It’s fun and peaceful and my dad and I have a friendly competition going on between the two of us.

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