Presidential Scholar Named Parker High School Student
Samuel C. Schendel, Parker High School Senior, was among the 141 students from across the country named as a 2013-2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar and joins its 50th class. This is one of the Nation’s highest honors for high school students. Recipients represent excellence in education and exhibit high potential and promise of greatness among young people.
This is not a scholarship that students can apply for; they must be invited to apply. Students must score exceptionally well on either the SAT or the ACT to be invited to apply. The Chief State School Officer may also nominate the student. The student must also have graduated or will receive a diploma between January and August of the current program year.
The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President. The purpose is to recognize and honor some of the Nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.
Presidential Scholar recipients receive an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June. During the time in Washington, Scholars have access to several national and international individuals, participate in community service, and attend recitals and receptions held in their honor. The trip is finalized with an award ceremony on June 22, sponsored by the White House, where they will receive their U.S. Presidential Scholars’ medallion.
Part of the program is for students to identify a teacher who was most influential in their education. Andrea Behn was chosen as Samuel’s most influential teacher.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars’ program is a federal program that has been in existence for over 48 years. Over 6,000 individuals have been honored.
Congratulations, to Samuel on this great accomplishment in his “Journey To Excellence”
Information for this article was obtained from www.ed.gov