Shorewood High School seniors Shai Biener, Riju Dey, and Henry Heyden have been selected as candidates for the 2022 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Just 5,000 graduating seniors nationwide were selected for this honor. Candidacy is based on outstanding performance on the ACT Assessment or the College Board SAT, or nomination by a school officer or from a Presidential Scholars partner recognition organization.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas including academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. In addition, the program now recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts, and those who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in the career and technical fields.
In April, the presidentially-appointed White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will choose up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars from among this year's senior class. All Scholars will then be invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony. To commemorate their achievements, the scholars will be individually awarded the Presidential Medallion in a ceremony sponsored by the White House.
To learn more about the program, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.