2 Ann Arbor seniors named U.S. Presidential Scholars among 141 students nationwide
Two students from the Ann Arbor Public Schools recently were named among an elite group of high school seniors.
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Just 141 students nationwide received the honor for 2013, out of an initial pool of more than 3,300 seniors.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is not a scholarship program, but rather a recognition program.
Winners receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and are presented with a medallion in commemoration of their achievements during an award ceremony sponsored by the White House. The 2013 ceremony will take place June 16.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who made a visit to Ypsilanti Monday, announced the 2013 Presidential Scholars Program winners earlier this month.
Courtesy of John Rothchild
Typically, there are just two winners from each state — one boy and one girl — making the odds of having two Presidential Scholars from a single school district quite small. However, Michigan had three students selected this year, Rothchild, Peng and a female student from Traverse City Public Schools.
Candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program are determined by outstanding performances on the College Board ACT and SAT exams. The candidates then undergo a rigorous screening and application process that includes several essays; evaluation of their high school transcripts, academic and artistic excellence; as well as looks for evidence of community service, leadership and a demonstrated commitment to high ideals, according to its website.
Both Peng and Rothchild also recently won $2,500 college scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's annual competition.