Join us in congratulating seven members of the Class of 2021 for being selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program began in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. The program’s mission is “to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”
Episcopal College Counseling Director Justin Fenske says approximately 80 seniors were selected from the state of Louisiana as part of this year’s scholars program, including seven from Episcopal. Ultimately, one male and one female student will represent the state this summer at an event with the president.
“We are excited by the continued success of our students in receiving recognition to the Presidential Scholars Program,” says Fenske. “Very few students in the state are recognized annually and we are thrilled to have so many named this year.”
With a focus on rigorous academics and a well-rounded educational experience, Episcopal has celebrated numerous Presidential Scholar candidates and winners over the years. Most recently, 2019 graduate Douglas Robins was named the male scholar representing Louisiana. Robins, who is now studying at Princeton University, credits Episcopal with preparing him for future success. As a Presidential Scholar, Robins had the opportunity to recommend a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Distinguished Teacher. He chose Upper School Thesis Co-Director/Writing Center Director Katie Sutcliffe for her impact on his life.
In addition to being named Presidential Scholars candidates, the seven 2021 Episcopal students are all National Merit Semifinalists or Commended Scholars. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish next!
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