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Westport Student Wins Governor's Scholar

Staples High School junior Matthew Silver not only has the distinction of being called a scholar, he's recently been named a 2011 Connecticut Governor's Scholar.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Governor's Scholar program recognizes academically talented high school juniors throughout the state. Matt is among 30 student winners who received special recognition from Gov. Dan Malloy. Finalists also received a $300 check from Big Y, a program sponsor.

High school juniors ranked in the top four percent of their class are nominated to take part in the program by their principals, who can only nominate one student.

Students in the running were asked to complete an essay on an assigned topic. These essays were judged by Members of the Governor's Scholars Committee, professional educators from throughout the state.

Do you know a student who you think should be recognized? We'd love to hear about them! Email reporter Vanessa Inzitari at vinzitari@thedailywestport.com with details.

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