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Fourteen (14) FBISD students named 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates (1/24/2020)

FORT BEND ISD (January 24, 2020) – Fort Bend ISD is proud to announce that 14 high school seniors have been selected as 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates. These candidates are some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors recognized for demonstrating exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts, as well as career and technical education fields.

 

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our 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. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

 

The FBISD students nominated as 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates are: Ryan Anselm, Clements; Michael Brough, Dulles; Kevin Chang, Clements; Isabella Gandara, Hightower; Sanemi Jain, Travis (Jain is the first FBISD student nominated in the CTE field.); Tony Jha, Dulles; Maggie Miao, Clements; Siddharth Muppalla, Clements; Bryan Pan, Clements; Taylor Shui, Dulles; Kiran Thirukonda, Dulles; Helen Wang, Clements; Josephine Yau, Clements; and Ethan Zahid, Dulles.

 

These candidates were invited to apply for the honor during their senior year based on their impressive SAT or ACT scores or nomination by a Chief State School Officer at their state education agency or Department of Education. They have the opportunity to become Presidential Scholars based on three paths of accomplishment. The majority of the Scholars are selected on the basis of broad academic achievement. Approximately twenty additional students are selected on the basis of their academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, the performing arts, or creative writing. Another twenty students are selected on the basis of their outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

 

In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars will review the applications of all semifinalists, based on the same criteria used by the review committee, and select up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholar finalists. All scholars will be honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, held in June in Washington, D.C.

 

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, 2020 candidates, and past winners, visit the program website at http://www.ed.gov/psp.

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