Four Broward County Public Schools students have been named candidates for the highly prestigious 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Coral Glades High School senior Ronald D. Laracuente, Nova High School senior Gregory A. Bernstein, and Marjory Stoneman High School seniors Diana C. Luzardo and Jason C. Zhang were named among the more than 3,000 candidates in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, according to Nadine Drew, spokesperson for the Broward County School District.
Each year, up to 141 students are named as U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the Nation’s highest honors bestowed on graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in the community and school activities, according to Drew.
Over 3,000 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in early April. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, reviews the applications of all semifinalists and selects up to 121 Academic Scholars and up to 20 Arts Scholars. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May, according to Drew.