HISD Students Selected as Presidential Scholar Candidates
February 15, 2011

Five HISD Students Named as U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates 

February 15, 2011 – Five HISD seniors have been selected as U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.  The students were identified for the academic component of the program based on having scored exceptionally well on the SAT or the ACT.

HISD’s Presidential Scholar nominees are Emma Breen, Walter Chang, Jeff Fang and Ruoxi Yu from Bellaire High School and Christina Fong from Carnegie Vanguard High School.

The five are among 2,600 candidates from the across the Unites States who must now submit a variety of application materials including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports, and transcripts. In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars will pick 500 semi-finalists. In May, the commission will review the semi-finalists and select up to 121 academic scholars and up to 20 arts scholars. These graduating seniors will be chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars. 

Scholars are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas including academic and artistic success, leadership, and involvement in school and the community. They represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by executive order to recognize some of the 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.  

The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 298 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.

For more information, visit the HISD Web site at www.houstonisd.org.