Hamilton High School senior Michael McBride was named as candidate for the 2006 Presidential Scholars Program. The United States Department of Education identified 2,600 candidates among students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2006.
Students were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or ACT assessment. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.
In late March, an independent, national review committee of educators chooses approximately 500 semi-finalists. The Commission on Presidential Scholars makes the final selection in April. The Commission selects up to 141 students to be named Presidential Scholars, one of the highest honors for graduating seniors.
Scholars are chosen based on superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. One young man and one young woman are chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad. In addition, 12 students at-large and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts are selected.