Meet the US Presidential Scholars for 2022

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May is always an important month for incoming and graduating students. This is when most students make a final decision about where to go to college, and it’s also when thousands of colleges and universities hold their annual commencement ceremonies, most of which are once again taking place in person after being suspended or modified in the past two years. due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

May is also the month each year when the newest class of U.S. Presidential Scholars are revealed. This week, the Ministry of Education announced the 58and class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, honoring 161 high school students for their academic, artistic, professional, and technical achievements.

Being named a U.S. Presidential Scholar is considered one of the nation’s most prestigious academic awards for high school graduates. You can see the full list of this year’s class here.

“Our 2022 Presidential Scholars represent the best of America and remind us that when empowered through education, there are no limits to what our young people can accomplish,” the U.S. Secretary said. ‘Education, Miguel Cardona, in the announcement of the Ministry. “Today, I join President Biden in celebrating a class of scholars whose pursuit of knowledge, generosity of spirit and exceptional talents bring our nation immense pride. Throughout one of the time periods our country’s history and in the midst of our recovery from the pandemic, our students have once again demonstrated their strength and that they have so much to contribute to our country. America’s future is bright.

Launched in 1964, Presidential Scholars are selected annually by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. This year, selections were made from approximately 3.7 million high school students based on outstanding academic performance, artistic achievement, technical excellence, essays, community service, leadership, and commitment to ideals. students.

The Commission invites high school graduating students to apply for recognition based on their SAT or ACT exam scores, or they may be nominated by a public school superintendent or one of the Commission. Applicants must be US citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States.

The selection of Presidential Scholars is guided by a quota. Each year’s class is made up of one male and one female student from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American families living abroad. In addition, 55 other scholars are chosen – 20 in the arts, 20 in vocational and technical education and 15 selected in general. The prize does not include any monetary allowance.

To date, the United States Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 7,900 of the country’s top high school graduates.

Florida topped this year’s list with nine scholarship recipients; followed by New York and Texas, each with seven; and California with six. Four states (Arizona, Delaware, Illinois and Virginia) had five winners each.

The collective achievements of the past Presidential Fellows are more impressive than ever. Several, like McKenna Sun, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High in Lexington, Kentucky, and Kyle Chen, of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri, scored perfect or near perfect on the ACT or SAT.

Their ranks include valedictorians, national scholars, and National Honor Society inductees. Many researchers, such as Lydia Marie Pastore of Mesa, Arizona and Skylar Walters of New Vernon, New Jersey, have received honors for their scientific research.

Of course, student-athletes are well represented with martial artists, soccer players, cross-country runners, tennis players, and college golfers all included among the 161.

Because it deliberately selects students in the arts, the Commission is able to identify some exceptional creative and performing artists.

  • Joshua Brown, from Interlochen Arts Academy, is an actor, and Quoc Bui, also from Interlochen, is a visual artist.
  • Kailey Rose Worontsof, from Florida, is an award-winning dancer. You can see her perform here.
  • Jonathan Chen, from Iowa City, Iowa, has won numerous awards for his musical talent.
  • Miye Sugino is a California artist and writer. His work has been recognized by organizations such as the National YoungArts Foundation, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Juniper Writing Institute.

Several scholars have distinguished themselves through their community service. As examples,

  • Edward Shen of Pine View School in Sarasota, Florida has created a creative writing workshop for people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • .Charlye Mikayla Allen has been named the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Scholarship for the State of Georgia.
  • Juliana Schneider of Reno Nevada helped develop VoluntYOU, an app that connects volunteers with organizations that need volunteers.

But inevitably, it is the unexpected, extraordinary talents that turn your head.

  • Jenny Duan, from Oregon, plays piano in a jazz band and is co-leader of the local Asian Student Union.
  • Rishika Kartik, of St. Mary’s Academy High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is president of the Colorado Tactile Art Club, where she helps create opportunities for blind students to express themselves and find community.
  • Jui Khankari, from Oak Brook, Illinois, won the prestigious Diana Award for her work building an artificial intelligence platform for young people. She has been admitted by 18 different universities and colleges.
  • Claire Swadling, of Plymouth, Michigan, is the founder of Health. To the right. Now., a nonprofit that educates young people about the applications of artificial intelligence to environmental and public health solutions. Additionally, she has made short films on political issues that have earned recognition from government officials and C-SPAN.

The class of 2022 Presidential Scholars is a remarkable group, embodying President Lyndon Johnson’s salute to the first-ever group of Scholars on June 10, 1964:

“You are not here today because you are typical or because you are a representative of your generation or your promotion. You are here because of what you have accomplished, on your own, and what you have the capacity to accomplish in the future on your own. You have excelled in the scholarship of your class of 1964. You have the potential to excel even more in the citizenship of your country of 1974, 1984 or 1994.”

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will be recognized for outstanding achievement with an online recognition program later this summer.

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