Newsmaker: Nathan Michaux
Noteworthy: Michaux, this year's valedictorian at Washington & Jefferson College, is among 15 people to win the 2013 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award. The award “recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies,” according to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City. Winners spent a week at the institute this summer.
Residence: Brighton, Beaver County
Family: Parents, Tim and Lisa Michaux; three brothers, Paul, 20; Gabe, 24; and Tim, 27.
Background: Michaux was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington & Jefferson, the Student Christian Association and the history club.
Education: Michaux earned a bachelor of arts degree in history this spring from Washington & Jefferson. He plans to study law at the College of William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Va.
Quote: “I was a little bit surprised to win this award because the students who usually get picked are from larger schools. It was really great to get together with like-minded people, and the experience gave me a greater realization that the study of American history is still relevant.”