OKLAHOMA CITY (July 25, 2014) – Two Oklahoma high school graduates were recognized as 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars during an Oklahoma State Board of Education on Wednesday.
Cody T. Crow from Comanche High School and Shelby C. Wilkinson from Crossings Christian School in Oklahoma City were selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars from among more than 4,000 nationwide students identified as candidates for this prestigious award.
William Long from Norman North High School, Reed T. Shafer Ray from Norman High School, Michelle M. Han from Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa and Peyton A. Lepp from Broken Arrow High School, were recognized as semifinalists.
“It is my pleasure to recognize these young men and women as being among the most distinguished high school graduates in the nation,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi. “They have shown leadership, scholarship and commitment to bettering their schools and their local communities. I know our state will be stronger because of their contribution.”
Each year, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects one young man and one young woman from a pool of extremely qualified candidates in each state to receive this prestigious award. In addition, about 560 candidates are named semifinalists nationwide.
Students represent excellence in academic achievement by scoring exceptionally well on the SAT or the ACT or by being nominated for exhibiting outstanding scholarship. Application is by invitation only.
All candidates supply essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts. A qualified review committee evaluates candidates for their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of their essay.
The scholars were invited to the National Recognition Program in Washington, D.C., in June where they were presented with a U.S. Presidential Scholar medallion and met with government officials, educators, authors, scientists and other leaders.
Han and Lepp were unable to attend Wednesday’s meeting.