A Garden City High School senior with learning disabilities is one of 12 students nationwide to receive an award for high academic achievement.
Michael Lohrer, 19, won a 2016 Yes I Can Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Virginia, that works to improve the educational success of youths with disabilities.
“I’m very excited and proud,” he said. “I think it’s always been important for me to do my best in everything I do.”
Lohrer’s achievements include passing Regents exams in U.S. history, global history, Earth science and English. He also plans to take the integrated algebra Regents assessment.
The award recipients will be honored at an April 15 ceremony in St. Louis. Lohrer said more than a dozen of his relatives plan to attend.
Garden City special education teacher Kat Squires, who nominated Lohrer, submitted an essay about why he deserves the award and a video in which Lohrer explained why he works hard in school and outlined his academic success.
“Michael is the most hardworking student I have ever met and I am so excited for him,” Squires said.
Lohrer is a member of his school’s Best Buddies Club, Movie Club and the Challenger basketball team for students with special needs.