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Eleven Students Named State Nominees for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

News Release                                                     

For Immediate Release                                                                   

February 19, 2021

Eleven Students Named State Nominees for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Eleven Grand Forks Public Schools seniors have been named state nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program are Dennis Du (Grand Forks Central), Sydney Kouba (Grand Forks Central), Riley Lauzon (Red River), Gabrielle Linder (Red River), Stella Niemeier (Grand Forks Central), Eliot Schumacher (Red River), and Adam Swartz (Grand Forks Central).

Nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in Career and Technical Education (CTE) is Broden Diederich (Red River).

Candidates for both the U.S. Presidential Scholars program and the U.S. Presidential Scholar in CTE program are Nabeel Hossain (Red River), Jakob Stevenson (Grand Forks Central), and Theodore Tchomakhidze (Red River).

"When one looks at the percentage of Grand Forks high school students in the state's cohort of nominees, it is beyond impressive. This is a testament to our insatiable learners and instructors within our school system,” said Dr. Terry Brenner, superintendent of schools. “School system leadership and both school boards are proud of each nominee as they well-represent Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools, as well as their families."

Established in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors distinguished graduating seniors across the nation. 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 extended again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. 

A committee of qualified individuals experienced in secondary and post-secondary education will evaluate the candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of their essay.

Approximately 800 students nationwide will be selected as semifinalists and forwarded to the Commission on Presidential Scholars for further review. Up to 161 students will be chosen as Presidential Scholars, including at least two North Dakotans.

All 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission and will receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, D.C.

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