North Hunterdon High School seniors Madeleine Andreas, Brady Bean and Cecelia Higgins, and Voorhees High School senior Kirsten Negri, have been named as candidates in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, among a group of more than 4,000. Candidates were selected from nearly 3.3 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2016. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 52nd year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors.
Scholar candidates, such as Madeleine Andreas, Brady Bean and Cecelia Higgins, are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Scholar candidates are also selected based on talent and accomplishments in the visual, creative and performing arts, and career and technical fields. Kirsten Negri was selected for accomplishments in career and technical fields.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields.
Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the President Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.
A distinguished panel of educators will review the submissions and select 800 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 enrichment citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.
For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, please visithttp://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html.