Presidential Material

Left to right: Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, Principal John Murphy, Joshua Joseph, Guidance Counselor Patty Urgiles, and PreK-12 Supervisor of Guidance/CIO Jon Macaluso.
Left to right: Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos, Principal John Murphy, Joshua Joseph, Guidance Counselor Patty Urgiles, and PreK-12 Supervisor of Guidance/CIO Jon Macaluso.

Congratulations to Walt Whitman senior Joshua Joseph, who is one of the National candidates for the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program.

Candidates are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities, and while that sounds like many of our students, Josh is certainly one who heads the list.

Josh is one of the 4,500 candidates nationally who was identified for the academic achievement portion, based on scoring exceptionally well on the SAT or ACT. While high-test scores begin to open doors, including his advancement to the semifinalist round of the National Merit Scholarship contest, it’s Josh’s resume that landed him as a candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program.

Josh plays the Double Bass for the Jazz Band and Chamber Orchestra; he is one of the founding members of the ‘Collective,’ where he is currently co-president. He is a member of the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Art Honor Society, and a section editor of ‘Paw Print,’ his school's online Newspaper.

Josh doesn’t slow down once off campus. Working part-time at Target is just one of his many endeavors. He volunteers regularly and is the Temple Beth El Youth Group Vice President where he helps in the organization of youth group events and coordinates with the temple board. He is also a teacher’s assistant at his Temple. Josh is a member of the SH Library Teen Advisory Board and volunteered for both the Regional National History Day and Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns.

As a senior, Josh is giving plenty of thought to what’s next, and this soft-spoken leader would like to pursue his love for Journalistic/Media Arts. This past summer he took his love for journalism a bit further and participated in the NY Times Precollege Journalism program at Fordham University.

It’s not easy to sum up such a multi-talented and active young man, but Josh’s guidance counselor, Ms. Patty Urgiles, did it justice with the following:  “What makes Josh such a special young man is he is so humble and modest. While he is one of our most academically-gifted students, he never flaunts it, and to me, that’s most impressive.”