It’s not every day that a high school senior can proudly say that they have been nominated as a candidate to join the elite group of U.S. Presidential Scholars. Earlier this week, two Chesterfield County Public Schools career and technical education seniors found out that their names will be added to that short list of nominees.
Anna Grace Carns and Sarah Nugent were notified that they were selected as two of Virginia’s five nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars for Career and Technical Education. Ms. Carns attends Monacan High and is on the Health and Medical Sciences Therapeutic Pathway, while Ms. Nugent attends Midlothian High and is on dual pathways for both Business Management Administration and Finance. The two students received this prestigious recognition “on the basis of outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.”
Since the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was originally established in 1964, more than 7,600 outstanding high school seniors have been honored. Over the years, the program has transformed from recognition based on SAT or ACT scores, to now include Scholars candidates for accomplishments in the visual and performing arts, creative writing. and excellence in CTE.
Many high quality candidates were nominated for this distinguished award to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each application was reviewed by a committee of individuals who are experts in career and technical education. Out of all of the submissions, only five semifinalists were selected by the Virginia Department of Education’s Selection Committee to represent the Commonwealth for the U.S. Presidential Scholars for Career and Technical Education.
U.S. Presidential Scholars will be announced in May 2021.
About the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of President Lyndon Johnson, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.