Five SM East students, one SM North student and one Bishop Miege student are among the approximately 3,000 students from across the country the U.S. Department of Education has named as candidates for the 2014 Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates can now apply for selection as members of the group of 121 Presidental Scholars who will be introduced in June.
The Department of Education evaluates graduating high school seniors for the program based on their academic performance, their leadership and service activities, and an application essay. A review panel will narrow the national field down to 500 semifinalists in April with final selections made in May. At least one male and female student from each state are selected for the honor.
The northeast Johnson County students are:
- Elizabeth M. Gentry, Bishop Miege
- Goldia Kiteck, SM North (you’ve heard of her)
- Kevin L. Xu, SM East (you’ve heard of him quite a bit)
- Xiao Lu, SM East (you’ve heard of her)
- Utsa A. Ramaswami, SM East (you’ve heard of her)
- Robert Simpson, SM East (you’ve heard of him quite a bit)
- Ada L. Throckmorton, SM East (you’ve heard of her quite a bit)
Fifty-nine students from Kansas made the candidates list this year. The Blue Valley district led the state with 13 candidates. Shawnee Mission had eight students selected as candidates. President Lyndon Johnson established the Presidential Scholars program with an executive order in 1964, and it is considered among the highest academic honors for graduating high school seniors.