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West High student selected as semifinalist for U.S. Presidential Scholar

5/6/2021 -- West High’s Sri Jaladi was selected as one of 625 semifinalists to advance to the final round of the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar competition.

From nearly 3.6 million graduating high school seniors, over 6,500 students were identified as candidates for the program, and 625 semifinalists have been selected from across the country. These semifinalists form the pool from which the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen.

The U.S. 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. 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. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.