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Seven seniors named candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Feb. 1, 2021 - Seven Edina High School seniors have been identified as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. These students were identified by their outstanding performance on the ACT and are now eligible to submit applications to continue on to the semifinalist stage. The candidates are:

  • Nicholas Fu
  • Evan Jiang
  • Shreya Konkimalla
  • Arjun Maheshwari
  • Chloe E. Swanson
  • Elise Wallen-Friedman
  • Alexis Shuyan Yi

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to honor and recognize high-performing graduating seniors. The general program involves the selection of around 4,000 candidates. If they choose, the candidates may continue on in the program by applying for the semifinalist stage. A review committee evaluates students on their academic accomplishments, leadership and service experiences, and other elements of the application. Approximately 800 candidates are named semifinalists, and finally, up to 161 students are then named U.S. Presidential Scholars.