Hamilton High School recently learned that senior Cynthia Yan was named candidate for the 2021 Presidential Scholars Program. The addition of Yan brings the number of Hamilton students named Presidential Scholar candidates to five. The other presidential scholars, who were announced earlier, are Ella Chevalier, Ellie DeCleene, Margaret Flynn and Nikhita Nair.
The U.S. Department of Education identified approximately 4,500 candidates among 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2021.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the president, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or ACT assessment, excellence in the fine arts or career and technical education.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars will select semi-finalists in April and Presidential Scholars in May. The Commission selects up to 161 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. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.