For immediate release:
April 21, 2011
Eight Kansas students named semifinalists for 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
TOPEKA – Eight Kansas high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The program recognizes some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors, as well as those who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.
“It is a tremendous honor for these students to have reached this level in the Presidential Scholars selection process,” said Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker. “This is truly a reflection of their dedication to academics, artistic endeavors and leadership both in school and in the community. I commend them for their commitment and hard work.”
Nationwide, 560 semifinalists have been named. From that number, up to 141 students will be chosen U.S. Presidential Scholars. Scholars will be announced in early May and will be invited to attend national recognition events in Washington, D.C. this June. While in Washington, the students will be awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. The scholars will also have the opportunity to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished individuals.
Candidates for the recognition are identified through one of two methods: the majority of candidates, approximately 3,000 each year, are selected based on broad academic achievement; approximately 60 additional candidates are identified based on academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, the performing arts or creative writing.
Eight Kansas students named semifinalists
April 21, 2011
The Kansas semifinalists are:
• Daniel D. Depew
Northwest High School, Wichita
• Victoria G. Gilman
Lawrence Free State High School, Lawrence
• David R. Lawrence
Bishop Seabury Academy, Lawrence
• Molly E. Porter
St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park
• Christine A. Roberts*
Independent High School, Wichita
• Rex A. Tai
Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park
• Samuel M. Teeter*
Topeka High School, Topeka
• Yilin Xu
Blue Valley High School, Stilwell
*Identifies students recommended for Scholar in the Arts.