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Two Seniors Named 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semifinalists

Yash Kadadi '21 and Sarah Lao '21 have been recognized as semifinalists for the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

A review committee of educators selects approximately 700 semifinalists from nearly 5,000 candidates who were invited to apply to the program. Yash and Sarah are two of the 18 students in Georgia—and the only students from an independent school—to be recognized as semifinalists.

Candidates are invited to apply to the program based on the student's SAT or ACT score. They then go through a rigorous application process where they must submit candidacy materials, including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports, and transcripts. Candidates are evaluated on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership, service, and other extracurricular activities, and an analysis of their essays.

Later this month, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars makes the final selection of up to 161 Presidential Scholars who will receive national recognition and an invitation to an all-expenses-paid trip to the White House.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established to recognize and honor the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 7,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during an annual ceremony in Washington.

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