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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 25, 1996

President Clinton announced today his intent to appoint Harold Wishna to the Commission on Presidential Scholars.

Harold Wishna of Florida is currently the executive director of the Southeast Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and previously served as its director of Youth Activities. Prior to his work in Florida, Mr. Wishna served as the youth director for the New Jersey Region of the same organization and as a school principal in Linden, New Jersey, where he also served as guidance director. He served as state chairman of the School and College Division for the New Jersey Safety Council and the Garden State Arts Center. Additionally, Mr. Wishna served as chairman of the United Way's Cancer Drive and as founding volunteer director of the Youth Employment Services for Underprivileged Teenagers. He has served on numerous boards and commissions affiliated with education issues. Further, he has been a member of the Holocaust Committee, the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation, the National Advisory Council of Boy Scouts, the Florida Council on Aging and the Broward County Task Force for Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Mr. Wishna currently serves as a commissioner of the North Broward Hospital District. He received a B.A. in health safety and physical education and an M.A. in elementary education and administration from the University of Louisville. He also earned an M.A. in guidance and psychology from Seton Hall University.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars was established on April 16, 1964, to recognize and honor our Nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. The Commission members are appointed by the President and serve at his pleasure. Annually, up to 141 students are chosen from among outstanding graduating seniors to become Presidential Scholars, the nation's highest honor for high school students.