Nashua-Plainfield student named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Lines one of only three Iowans to receive honor

Caleb Lines worked hard at not getting his hopes up, but he admitted he was a little nervous as he headed to school Tuesday morning.

That was the day the U.S. Department of Education would announce the 2018 U.S. President Scholars.

“I’m not going to lie, I was nervous and I kept telling myself, it’s pretty cool being a semifinalist,” he said. “Not that I didn’t want it, but still … I didn’t want to be disappointed.”

There was no need for the nerves as sometime around noon, Lines found out that he was one of 161 students from across the nation and just one of three from Iowa to earn the prestigious honor.

“Let’s just say, I got a little excited,” he said with a laugh. “OK, I probably got a lot excited. I’m still having a hard time believing it.”

— For more on this story, see the May 10 Reporter and the May 11 Tribune

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