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3 area students recognized for academic achievement
3 area students recognized for academic achievement

Three area students were among the nine Wisconsin semifinalists named for the 2014 Presidential Scholars award. If chosen, they could be headed to Washington, D.C., for the White House's annual ceremony for academic achievement. 

Eden H. Girma of Madison, from Middleton High School; Samuel C. Schendel from Parker High School in Janesville; and Breanna N. Aldred from Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha were among those recognized nationwide as distinguished high school students. 

The Presidential Scholars award candidates -- which includes more than 4,000 students nationwide -- were invited to complete application materials that include essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts. An independent, national committee of educators convened by the Commission on Presidential Scholars reviewed application materials to select semifinalists. The pool of candidates came from ACT and SAT college admissions tests or were identified through their participation in the YoungARTS program. 

The final 121 Presidential Scholars -- which will include a male and female from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, from families of U.S. citizens living abroad; and up to 15 students chosen at large -- will be chosen by the Commission on Presidential Scholars.

Students chosen as Presidential Scholars will travel to Washington, D.C., in June, where they will meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians and scientists. They also will receive a Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. Scholars are asked to pick one teacher who was most influential in their education who will also will be invited to the nation’s capital for National Recognition Week and will receive the Presidential Scholars program Teacher Recognition Award.

The other six Wisconsin semifinalists are:

  • Emily C. Esser of Cedarburg, Brookfield Academy
  • Elizabeth M. Karron, Whitefish Bay High School
  • William H. McCarty of Elm Grove, Brookfield Academy
  • Madeline N. Saviano, Whitefish Bay High School
  • Kelsee C. York, Muskego High School
  • Wentong Zhang, Whitefish Bay High School

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