North Royalton High School Senior Colin Rush was named one of 4,500 candidates in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
The program was created by Executive Order of the President to recognize distinguished graduating seniors in the nation for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership, and service to both their school and community. The program later expanded to recognize visual, creative, and performing arts, and was later expandegain to recognize students who demonstrated accomplishments in the career and technical fields.
This year, the candidates were chosen from among 3.6 million graduating high school seniors. They are selected based on the criteria of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. A panel of distinguished educators will choose approximately 600 semifinalists from the group of candidates in early April.
Following this distinction, The Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is a group of 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists. Annually, there are up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars chosen from each year’s senior class. The Scholars are announced in May and are invited to Washington D.C. in June to receive a Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.
Inclusion in the program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors.