Seth Winger and Elizabeth Tang, graduating seniors at William S. Hart High School, have been named as candidates in the 2007 Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 2.8 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2007.
Inclusion in the Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 43rd 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.
The candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. 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 on Presidential Scholars, a group of some 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, DC, 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.
Tang is the daughter of Nan Sheng and Julia Tang and can be reached at 661.284.1683. Winger is the son of Eileen Mann and Marc Winger, and can be reached at 661.255.7510.
For more information about the Presidential Scholars program, parents and students can call the Presidential Scholars Office at 319/341-2PSP (341-2777), or send an e-mail to PSP@act.org .