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FCAHS Students Named Candidates in Presidential Scholars Program

Ryan Kenyon and Vivian Shao

Two Fox Chapel Area High School seniors, Ryan Kenyon and Vivian Shao, have been named candidates in the 2021 United States Presidential Scholars Program. More than 4,500 students from across the U.S. have been named candidates in this year’s program, and 172 are from Pennsylvania.

Inclusion in the Presidential Scholars Program, begun in 1964, is one of the nation’s highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Students are first selected for the program based on their superior academic achievements. They are then also evaluated on their character, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of a submitted essay. 

Approximately 600 students will be selected as Semifinalists in the program, and then the students chosen as Presidential Scholars (up to 161) will be notified this spring. If circumstances permit, the Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June for an expense-paid trip to the National Recognition Program, where they will meet with government officials, educators, and other accomplished people. The trip would also include the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.