Five students from Cherry Creek High School have been named semifinalists in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition. They are among 12 students from Colorado and 550 students from across the nation selected as semifinalists from a pool of 3,300 outstanding high school seniors. The CCHS Presidential Scholars competition semifinalists are Robert Herbst, Tae Kim, Diane Schulze, Lindsey Weber and Tong Yin.
“These students represent the academic excellence and artistic talent that exist throughout the Cherry Creek High School student body,” said CCHS Principal Ryan Silva. “We are proud of their accomplishments and wish them the best in the Presidential Scholars competition and the many other challenges they will take on after graduation.”
The U.S. Presidential Scholars 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. Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement or exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.
Each year, up to 141 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Those students receive an expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians and scientists. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.
The 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be announced later this month.