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Two Kansas students named as 2016 Presidential Scholars

Posted: May 19, 2016
Categories: KSDE
Author: Ann Bush

Ann Marie Bush, Communications Specialist     (785) 296-7921

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2016

Two Kansas students named as 2016 Presidential Scholars

Eight other students named as semifinalists

TOPEKA — Two Kansas students have been named as 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.

There were 10 Kansas students named as semifinalists for the 2016 Presidential Scholars Program. From that list, two students were selected as Presidential Scholars.

The two Kansas students named Presidential Scholars are Jenny Huang, of Leawood, who attends Phillips Academy, and Nicolas Rodriguez, of Olathe, who attends Olathe Northwest High School.

Huang and Rodriguez have been invited to the National Recognition Program in June in Washington, D.C.

The scholars demonstrated leadership, scholarship, contribution to school and community and outstanding accomplishments in the arts, sciences, humanities and other fields of interest. Huang and Rodriguez were both recommended for Scholar in the Arts awards.

Three of the 10 Kansas Presidential Scholars Program semifinalists were recommended for the Career and Technical Education Scholar Award. They are:

  • Samantha L. Beauchamp, of Mayetta, who attends Holton High School
  • Jameson T. Brehm, of Perry, who attends Perry-Lecompton High School
  • Michael Olson, of Olsburg, who attends Blue Valley High School

 

The remaining five Kansas Presidential Scholars Program semifinalists were recommended for the Arts Scholar Award. They are:

  • Orunima Chakraborti, of Overland Park, who attends Blue Valley North High School
  • Disha Dasgupta, of Olathe, who attends Olathe North High School
  • Daniel R. Henry, of Leawood, who attends Rockhurst High School
  • Anders V. Pearson, of Overland Park, who attends Blue Valley Northwest High School
  • Suruchi A. Ramanujan, of Overland Park, who attends Blue Valley Northwest High School

A complete list of the 2016 Scholars can be found at http://www.ed.gov/psp.

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