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Four seniors in running for Presidential Scholar program

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Four Oldham County Schools seniors have been invited to apply for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

South Oldham High student Sydney Allen and North Oldham High students Christopher Chen, David Glenn and William Strench were selected based on their academic achievements and join about 3,000 other students selected from across the country.

The students now have the opportunity to submit essays, self-assessments and other information to be considered for semifinalist status, extended to just 560 students. From there, the Commission on Presidential Scholars will review the information and select the 141 Presidential Scholars.

All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during National Recognition Weekend, held in June in Washington D.C. U.S. Presidential Scholars are guests of the Commission during National Recognition Weekend and enjoy an expense paid trip to Washington D.C., to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people. During the weekend, scholars have the opportunity to visit museums and monuments, and to attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies.

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the Program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. The scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. In honoring the U.S. Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.

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