Hamilton High School senior Angela Zeng was named as a semi-finalist in the 2008 Presidential Scholars Program. The United States Department of Education identified 560 semi-finalists among students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2008.
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.
From nearly 2.8 million graduating high school seniors, approximately 3,000 students were identified as candidates in the program, and only 560 semi-finalists were chosen from across the country.
In April, 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 121 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.