Walton High School seniors George Q. Fei and Hali L. Mo are two of 141 students nationally who were named U.S. Presidential Scholars.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement Monday. “Presidential Scholars demonstrate the accomplishments that can be made when students challenge themselves, set the highest standards, and commit themselves to excellence,” Duncan said in a release. “I’m honored to celebrate their creativity, hard work, and community service, and I encourage them — and all students — to continue to showcase the capacity for greatness in our nation’s young people.” The students were selected based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
The 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars include one girl and one boy from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
The 2013 ceremony will be held June 16, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.