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Paul Ryan’s status in high school

When Paul Ryan , now 42, was in high school, he won an honorific from his senior class, but it may not have been one he would have chosen.

Rep. Paul Ryan (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Ryan, the seven-term member of the House who was tapped on Saturday by Mitt Romney to be his vice presidential running mate, was a busy young man in school.

He was at one time or another a member of the student council, the history club, the Latin club, the letterman’s club, the outdoors club, the pep club, the ushers club and the International Geographic Society, the Los Angeles Times said. He participated in the Model U.N. program. He ran track for two years and varsity soccer as a Craig Cougar, and played basketball in a Catholic league.

He also served as his school’s school board representative, according to this 2010 article on

Craig High School, incidentally, boasts other prominent alumni, including former Democratic senator Russ Feingold, who was inducted onto the school’s Honor Wall in the same year, 2006, as Ryan. The school’s Web site says it “provides programs to promote academic, social, physical & emotional development of all students.”

After graduating from Craig, Ryan attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1992.

The article on says that Ryan was 16 when his father died, and the Social Security benefits that the family received were used to help pay for his college education.


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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.


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