Thirty-four local high school seniors have been named candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, a non-scholarship program designed to honor the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for academics and exceptional talent in visual, creative and performing arts.
Candidates now are in competition for one of the 141 Presidential Scholars slots. Semi-finalists will be named in early April and the finalists will be named in early May. Applications are by invitation only and based on SAT or ACT exam scores, or nomination by their chief state school officer.
Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House, in commemoration of their achievements. This year’s National Recognition Weekend is set for June 15 through 18 but the date is subject to change.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by executive order and expanded in 1979 to include those proficient in fine arts.
Here’s the list:
Armonk: Evan M. Wong, Rye Country Day School Upper School
Brewster: Sara Morini, Brewster High School
Briarcliff Manor: Jacob T. Cooper, Briarcliff High School
Chappaqua: Daniel I. Hoffman, Hackley School;
Chappaqua: Aparna Nathan, Rebecca J. Newborn and Amy L. Wang, Horace Greeley High School
Cross River: Elijah D. Lee, John Jay High School
Hartsdale: Philip M. Gillen, high school not given
Hastings On Hudson: Haris V. Nair, Hastings High School
Irvington: Miguel R. Anderson, Irvington High School
Katonah: Jemmin M. Chang, Somers High School
Mamaroneck: Rebecca C. Harman, Mamaroneck High School
Nanuet: Stefanie C. Wu, Nanuet Senior High School
New City: Zachary M. Halle, Clarkstown High School North
Ossining: Amrita Ramesh and Wendy E. Snyder, Ossining High School
Pearl River: Jeremy Rosen, home school
Pelham: Eamon C. Corbett, Pelham Memorial High School
Pleasantville: Jeewan V. Naik, Pleasantville High School
Rye: Henry W. Pearson, Rye High School
Rye Brook: Lee J. Ehudin, Horace Mann School
Scarsdale: Edward Y. Fang, Caroline Holmes, Jacob S. Kirschenbaum, Jonathan D. Rush and Jamie S. Tanzer, Scarsdale High School
Scarsdale: Jacob R. Koffler, Fieldstone School
Sleepy Hollow: Jean Kim, Sleepy Hollow High School
South Salem: Kevin Pawlak, John Jay High School
White Plains: Jordan L. Acker, Thornton-Donovan School
White Plains: Colin A. Okasaki, Fordham Preparatory School
Yonkers: Serena A. Eggers, Convent of the Sacred Heart
Yorktown Heights: Alicia S. Wu, Somers High School