Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby saluted the Hempstead High School 2017 Salutatorian at the beginning of the March 28th Town Board meeting. Travis Nelson, 17, received a citation in front of the entire Town Board for his academic accomplishments, which have earned him a full scholarship to Columbia University as a QuestBridge Scholar.
“Travis is an incredibly talented student, and we are proud to honor him before today’s meeting,” said Santino. “He embodies the very best of Hempstead Village and his success in pursuing this scholarship is impressive.”
Nelson competed against 14,500 applicants in the QuestBridge Program, which recognizes remarkable students from low-income families. Chosen alongside 767 other students, Nelson undertook a series of strict application requirements including several essays and letters of recommendation.
Nelson clearly stood out from the rest of the competition as his academic prowess and resolute involvement in his school has been unparalleled. He is the salutatorian of the 2017 class, Student Government public relations officer and student liaison to nearly every club in the school. Nelson is also the captain of the volleyball team and member of the winter and spring track teams.
“I am excited to see what Travis Nelson accomplishes with this full scholarship to Columbia University,” said Goosby. “Travis has a bright future ahead of him and we wish him the best of luck.”
Along with his admirable academics and unyielding dedication to his school, Nelson volunteers his free time to sit on the board of the Youth Advisory Council of the Family and Children’s Association. A salutatorian speech should be no problem for Nelson, as he also served as the keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Martin Luther King Center.
“I guarantee this is not the last we’ll hear of Travis Nelson,” stated Santino. “A student of his caliber can only go on to do great things, and we’re lucky to have Travis to represent the best and brightest of Hempstead Town.”