Janesville Parker student is semifinalist for 2014 Presidential Scholarship award

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

JANESVILLE—Parker High School student Samuel C. Schendel is one of nine Wisconsin students to be named a semifinalist for the 2014 Presidential Scholars award, according to a release from the state Department of Public Instruction.

The state's nine semifinalists are among 565 national semifinalists for the award, according to the release.

“Congratulations to these outstanding students for being named Presidential Scholar Semifinalists,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the statement. “With the support of their parents and teachers, these students have excelled academically and prepared themselves for next steps after high school graduation; college and career.”

The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor the nation's most distinguished high school seniors, according to the release.

Candidates were chosen based on high ACT or SAT scores or through their participation in the YoungARTS program, according to the release. More than 4,000 students were initially chosen out of 3.2 million graduating seniors, according to the release.

An independent, national committee of educators selected the semifinalists. The Commission on Presidential Scholars will now make the final selection of the nation's 121 academic Presidential Scholars, according to the release.

There will be one male and one female from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad. Up to 15 students will be chosen at large, according to the release.

The Presidential Scholars Commission also chooses up to 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts for a total of up to 141 Presidential Scholars, according to the release.

“Presidential Scholar Semifinalists are among the many fine students who will be graduating from our high schools this spring,” Evers said in the release.

The students selected as Presidential Scholars will travel to Washington, D.C., in June, where they will meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, and scientists. They also will receive medallions at a ceremony sponsored by the White House, according to the release.

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