The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our Nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Five seniors from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts have been nominated for the prestigious Presidential Scholars Award.
Daniel Shuter (visual art major; Palm Beach Gardens) and Michael Margaritoff (vocal major; West Palm Beach) have been named as two of the more than 3000 candidates in the 2013 Presidential Scholars Program. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 49th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
Presidential Scholars have become CEOs, professors, artists, stage & screen stars, leading medical doctors, world-renowned scientists, award-winning journalists, successful attorneys, and community leaders. Scholars have written hundreds of books and been granted countless patents. Alumni have also been honored with fellowships, awards, and prizes such as the Pulitzer Prize, Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, and Fulbright grant.
Mary-Kate Eriksen (Lantana), Katherine Kennedy (Palm Beach Gardens), and Kathia St. Hilaire (West Palm Beach), all visual art students at Dreyfoos, were selected to be nominated for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts Award. The Presidential Scholars in the Arts are selected through an intensive process held by the national YoungArts competition conducted by the National YoungArts Foundation this past January in Miami. YoungArts discovers the next generation of visual, literary and performing artists and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by nurturing their talent.
The Presidential Scholars awards are reserved for the most outstanding students in the nation – 101 students will make the final academic cut nationally and 20 will be named Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
Dreyfoos is the only high school in Palm Beach County to have students selected as nominees for arts and academics. The final Presidential Scholars will be announced in May. The final Scholars will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to attend the award ceremony and will participate in events and activities with their elected representatives, educators, and other leading individuals in public life.
Dreyfoos School of the Arts is located in downtown West Palm Beach has always been an outstanding school with a wealth of artistic talent and academically gifted students. This past year, Dreyfoos ranked 37 in the nation by Newsweek magazine on their top US high school listing.
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REF: PBCSD (Press Release) Public Affairs Office. Feb. 2013.