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 Two Local Students Selected as 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars

​Two San Diego County high school students were among only 10 selected as 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars. They are among 161 national student scholars chosen for their outstanding education accomplishments. 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recently congratulated Michael Chen and Anne Liu, both of Canyon Crest Academy, on earning the prestigious honor. 

"They are not only wonderful scholastic representatives for our state, but they are also shining examples of the focus, drive, and determination in the next generation of leaders that California has produced," said Thurmond. "This award is a testament to the talent and promise these young people possess and the future contributions they can make to our state and society."

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation's top-performing graduating seniors. From the nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, over 5,200 students were identified as candidates for this program and 621 semi-finalists were selected.  Since its inception, the program has honored over 7,500 outstanding high school seniors.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars based on a wide range of criteria including academic success, artistic and technical achievement, essays, school evaluations, community service, and leadership.

The 2019 awards ceremony will be held on June 23 in Washington D.C.