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LHWHS Student Selected as Semifinalist in Presidential Scholars Program

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The U.S. Department of Education selected 10 Missouri seniors as semifinalists in the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

“The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students,” said Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. “These semifinalists represent some of the brightest and most talented seniors in our state, and I commend them for their hard work and commitment to educational success. Achievements such as this make us Missouri Proud!”

The award recipients are:

  • Maheetha C. Bharadwaj, Thomas Jefferson School
  • Samuel J. Erlinger, Saint Louis University High School
  • Daniel W. Hwang, David H. Hickman High School, Columbia 93 School District
  • George Li, John Burroughs School
  • Shuyang Li, Clayton High School, Clayton School District
  • Danielle L. Niemann, Visitation Academy
  • Joseph L. Richey, Park Hill South High School, Park Hill School District
  • Eileen S. Williams, John Burroughs School
  • Corrine A. Yap, Clayton High School, Clayton School District
  • Qiaonan Zhong, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Ladue School District

Established by Executive Order of the President in 1964, the Presidential Scholars Program recognizes some of America’s most outstanding seniors. From nearly 3.2 million graduating high school seniors, approximately 3,300 students were identified as candidates in this program. About 550 students have been selected as semifinalists based on their academic accomplishments.

In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all semifinalists and names up to 141 Academic Scholars. Additionally, up to 20 Arts Scholars are named each year on the basis of a students’ academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, the performing arts, or creative writing. All of the Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments during National Recognition Week, held in June in Washington, D.C.