Seniors Sophia Liston, Jessica Pei and Rishi Subbaraya Named U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates
Archmere seniors Sophia Liston, Jessica Pei and Rishi Subbaraya have been selected as candidates for the 2020 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
The 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.
Students have the opportunity to become Presidential Scholars based on three paths of accomplishment: academic achievement, artistic ability, and accomplishments in career and technical educations fields. The selection of approximately 4,500 program candidates is made based on SAT and ACT scores. A review committee then evaluates those candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of their essay. Approximately 600 candidates are named semifinalists and forwarded to the Commission for further review.
The last step will be in April, when up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, held in June in Washington, D.C.