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Board of Education Recognitions

Posted: February 18, 2021

U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Fifteen high school students who were recently named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program were recognized.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. One of the nation's highest honors for high school students, Presidential Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people.  Four thousand candidates will be narrowed to 800 semifinalists in mid-April. And of the semifinalist candidates, only 161 will be named 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars in early May.

Congratulations to Mia Baca of Eldorado High School, Kaeli Benavidez of Early College Academy, Grace Chapman of Volcano Vista High School, Daphne Felt of La Cueva High School, Taylor Fleming of Eldorado High School, Shelton Foust of Eldorado High School, Joel Gates of  La Cueva High School, Vivien Jones of Eldorado High School, Casey Pei of La Cueva High School, Tiffany Pei of La Cueva High School, Richard Ross of Early College Academy, Liam Schenk of La Cueva High School, Harley Sigmon of La Cueva High School, Timothy Wang of La Cueva High School, and Luke Xue of La Cueva High School for being named candidates for a U.S. Presidential Scholar Program!  We are very proud of your extraordinary achievement!