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Edina High School Student Derrick Siu Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

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Edina High School Student Derrick Siu Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Edina Public Schools proudly announces that Edina High School senior, Derrick Siu, has been selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar. This prestigious honor, bestowed by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, recognizes Derrick's exceptional academic achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to both his school and community.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 60th year, celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding students across the nation. Derrick is among just three students from Minnesota to receive this honor. He joins an elite group of scholars who have demonstrated excellence in various fields, including the arts, sciences, career and technical education, and more.

Derrick Siu's selection as a U.S. Presidential Scholar reflects his commitment to academic success and his passion for making a positive impact on his community. Throughout his high school career, Derrick has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and has actively contributed to various initiatives within the school and beyond.

Derrick has been the captain of the Edina Ultimate Frisbee team and the Science Bowl team, concertmaster of the Edina Orchestra, and co-founder of the 16 Strings Quartet. He’s also been involved in clubs like REGENgineers, initiatives like the Adopt a Drain Program, and the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Team during COVID-19, and more. Derrick will attend Carnegie Mellon University next school year and study Climate Science and Engineering.

In his counselor’s recommendation letter, Julie Block wrote about Derrick, “Multi-Intelligent, Talented, Globally Minded and a Change Agent are defining characteristics of Derrick Siu. As a National Merit Semi-Finalist, AP Scholar and more, Derrick has extended his academic prowess to making a difference both in and outside of the classroom. Derrick is truly one of the most impressive students I have had in 30 years, and thus, this letter of recommendation comes with my highest regards.”

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2024 will be honored for their exceptional achievements through an online recognition program this summer. For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website.