The following Harvest Christian Academy Seniors were named as 2018 Candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program:
From Left to Right: Zhenyi (Jack) Yue, Sohwi Jung, Jun Yong (James) Jeong, Gavin S. Lee, Hsing-Yu (Eddie) Huang, and Harshitha Gogineni
Harvest’s students make up 6 of the 12 candidates on island. Three of our six candidates have attended Harvest Christian Academy since kindergarten. Each of these students will now be competing for a place as a finalist and possible scholarship opportunities. Harvest is extremely proud of all the accomplishments of our Seniors!
These six seniors were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2018. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 54th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities, culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.
A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.
Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities