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Students named as Presidential Scholar candidates

Nearly three dozen students in San Diego County have been named as candidates in the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars program.

The students were chosen from more than 5,000 applicants who were in turn selected from nearly 3.6 million graduating seniors. Scholars are selected for superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964 by executive order of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson to recognize distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to students in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to include students in career and technical education fields.

The selection of approximately 4,000 general program candidates is mostly based on SAT and ACT scores. Application is by invitation only; students may not apply to the program, nor may their schools nominate them. Roughly 600 semifinalists will be chosen in the spring, and up to 161 students will be named Presidential Scholars. The scholars will be honored at a national recognition program in June, where they will be awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion.

Area students chosen as candidates:

Canyon Crest Academy: Ayush Agrawal, Audrey S. Chyung, Andrew K. Gao, Arnav S. Vora, Daniel C. Wang, Yundi Xu, all of San Diego; Sonja C. Rodin, Carlsbad

Francis W. Parker School: Toren W. Andersen, Oliver S. Britton, Mark E. Rifkin, all of San Diego; Alec M. Sheres, Del Mar

Del Norte High School: Hannah Chen, Bryant Jin, Yajat Yadav, all of San Diego

Scripps Ranch High School: Yi Ren Chen, San Diego

The Bishop’s School: Emma Y. Hong, Stanley T. Wei, both of La Jolla; Emma J. Li, Michelle Wang, both of San Diego

La Jolla Country Day School: Vivian W. Li, San Diego; Grace H. Richardson, Solana Beach; Yuxiang Zhou, San Diego

La Jolla High School: Andrew Kanghyun Park, La Jolla

San Dieguito High School: Jonah Pawlak, Encinitas

Torrey Pines High School: Megan Peng, Annika L. Salz, both of San Diego

Mt. Carmel High School: Kavya Ramesh, Kayleigh Sim, both of San Diego

Westview High School: Aakarsh Vermani, San Diego

The Cambridge School: Zoe Xu, San Diego

Also: Stephen Q. Zhu, San Diego



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