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Three HCS students named candidates in "U.S. Presidential Scholar Program"

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02-27-2013 (HCS) - One of the highest honors graduating seniors in the United States can receive has been earned by three HCS students: the title of "Candidate" for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Kevin Yang/Camden Cutright (SPHS) and Susthmitha Yarrabothula (HHS) have all scored exceptional performance on their College Board SAT or ACT assessment (criteria for the USPSP). Only about 3,000 of the 3.4 million students in Class of 2013 will earn this distinction. 

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 49th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors.  Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

More than 3,000 candidates nationally have been selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT assessment.  In addition, each Chief State School Officer (CSSO) was invited to nominate three male and three female candidates, based on their outstanding scholarship, residing in the CSSO's jurisdiction.  Further consideration is based on students' essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.  A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in early April.

The Commission of Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make final selection of the Scholars.  They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students-at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts.  The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities with their elected representatives, educators and other leading individuals in public life.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, parents and students can call the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office at 319/341-2PSP (319/341-2777), or send an email to PSP@act.org 

-Jason Gaston/HCS Public Relations
[news release adapted from United States Department of Education] 

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