U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalists Announced

Majority of Idaho's Semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program from Boise Schools
Posted on 04/28/2017
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Six Idaho students have been selected as semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program , including four from the Boise School District with two brothers from Capital High selected for this distinguished honor.

The program was created in 1964 to "recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors," according to a prepared statement from the program, which added that the students have "demonstrated scholarship, leadership, artistic excellence and selfless service to others."

The 723 semi-finalists announced this week come from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and U.S. territories and possessions. They were selected from an initial set of 5,100 nominees from the 3.5 million eligible graduating seniors this year. Each state normally has two academic finalists named, a boy and a girl, both of whom must be U.S. citizens. It addition, the Commission on Presidential Scholars may select finalists in the fields of the arts, and career-technical education. A total of up to 161 students may receive the Presidential Scholars honor, which is a recognition program, not a scholarship program.

The finalists will be selected in May and invited to an all-expense-paid trip to the National Recognition Program in June in Washington, D.C. They will be awarded their Presidential Scholars Medallion during a ceremony at the White House.

Idaho's semifinalists are:

  • Stephen Casper of Skyline High School in Idaho Falls
  • Elizabeth S. Lee of Boise High School in Boise
  • Kathy M. Min of Centennial High School in Boise
  • Ellie K. Van De Graaff of Capital High School in Boise
  • Andrew and Henry Zhang of Capital High School in Boise

Boise School District
U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalists
Elizabeth Lee
Boise High School
Senior 

Ellie Van De Graaff
Capital High School
Senior

Andrew Zhang
Capital High School
Senior

Henry Zhang
Henry Zhang
Capital High School
Senior