At the end of April, Lauren Perry (Class of 2014) was named one of 565 semifinalists in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from more than 4,000 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities. (It was in January that Lauren was invited to participate in the program.)
Final selection of the Scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of eminent citizens appointed by the President, and will be announced in May. The Commission will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; up to 20 students representing the visual, literary and performing arts; and 15 students at-large.
Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in various activities and events held in their honor.
Semifinalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished educators after a review of students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts.
Congratulations to Lauren on receiving this recognition! Best of luck as her portfolio is reviewed in the weeks ahead!