Poultney High School officials announced that Eliza Mauhs-Pugh, daughter of Tom and Carrie Mauhs-Pugh of Poultney, was selected as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Her academic excellence afforded her the opportunity to complete her graduation requirements in only three years, earning her diploma in January of this year.
Mauhs-Pugh exhibits an extraordinary musical talent by playing the piano, French horn and electric bass. She has been a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra and the Lakes Region Youth Orchestra. She represented PHS at the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) conference in 2009 which included a volunteer project involving recording a dramatic reading of children's books and donating the recordings to children in need.
Mauhs-Pugh lived in Spain while participating in a study abroad program. She enrolled in a humanities and social sciences program at I.E.S. San Jose in Villanueva de la Serena, Spain. She has traveled with her host family within Spain and she is studying Spanish guitar. She is currently attending Drew University in Madison, N.J.