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Local Student is a 2014 Presidential Scholar

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BILLINGS - A Billings Central High School student is one of 141 American high school students named as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Kya Sorli was nominated out of over 3,900 students nationwide.

Sorli says she's been accepted to the graduating class of 2018 at Duke University as a Robertson Scholar, which will give her a full ride scholarship, and the first Montana student to do so.

She says she has always wanted to pursue a career that would help change the world for the better.

She will double major in astrophysics and political science.

"I've always pushed myself to comprehend as much as I can; to understand and to know, and that's been something that's transcended from my activities such as swimming, to my academics, to when I play harp, or sing, and it's something that I've tried to encapsulate whenever I do something. The drive to make something positive and to change something for the better, in our world. It's something that has always driven me. It's something that's pushed me to create something better,” says Sorli.

Sorli offered some advice for her peers…

She says, pursue your talents and passions that bring you happiness, and everything else will follow.

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