Three Roosevelt Seniors Named U.S. President Scholar Candidates

2015presidentialscholarsThree Roosevelt High School seniors have been named by the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars as candidates for the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The students, who also attend classes at Central Academy, are:

  • Carson Cary
  • Harry Crane
  • Rachel Schneider

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, established in 1964, 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.

Each year approximately 3,000 candidates – or about one-tenth of one percent of senior high school students – are named as candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. A total of 53 Iowa students were included this year.

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.

In April, 560 semifinalists will be named and in May the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will announce up to 141 Presidential Scholars. Those 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.

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