Friedland was nominated for the award by New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef.
“I am thrilled that Anastasia Friedland has been recognized by Commissioner King’s office as one of five young women and five young men moving on to the national level to be considered for the Presidential Scholars Award,” said Galef. “Anastasia has a unique story of overcoming many hardships and yet persevering to meet and surpass expectations and maintain a high academic average. [She does this] as she pursues her dreams, all while continuing to give back to her community. She is very deserving of this recognition, and I wish her all the best in the next round of decision-making.”