Archmere Senior Jessica Pei Named 2020 US Presidential Scholar
The U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the selection of Jessica Pei, senior at Archmere Academy, as a 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Jessica is one of 161 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated unprecedented academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to her school and community. Jessica is one of two students in the entire state of Delaware named a U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, over 5,300 candidates qualified for the 2020 awards determined by excellent performance on the SAT and ACT Board of Colleges examinations or through nominations made by State Chief Officers, other partner recognition organizations and the National Youth Foundation's YoungArts ™ competition.
"It is my privilege to congratulate the Presidential Scholars Class of 2020 on their outstanding academic achievement, community service, and leadership," said Secretary DeVos. "These exemplary young people have excelled inside the classroom and out. And, while they are facing unprecedented challenges as they graduate from high school into a world that looks much different than it did just a few months ago, their determination, resilience, and commitment to excellence will serve them well as they pursue their next steps."
As directed by executive order of the President, the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,600 of the nation's top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
The Presidential Scholars Class of 2020 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer as public health circumstances permit.