Harwood Union High School graduating seniors Charlotte C. Randall, Rayleigh Parker, Samuel Nishi and Claire Brundage have been named along with more than 3,900 candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2015.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 51st year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
Over 3,900 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. In addition, each chief school state officer (CSSO) was invited to nominate five male and five female candidates, based on their outstanding scholarship, residing in the CSSO's jurisdiction. Further consideration is based on students' essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts. A panel of educators will review these submissions and select 560 semifinalists in early April.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the president, will make final selection of the scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May.
Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.
Charlotte C. Randall is the daughter of Laura Caffry and Jeffrey Randall from Waitsfield. Rayleigh Parker is the son of William and Julie Parker from Waitsfield. Samuel Nishi is the son of Roger and Heidi Nishi from Waitsfield. Claire Brundage is the daughter of Lisa Scagliotti and William Brundage from Waterbury.