Adam Hefty, a senior at Lawrence High School, has been named one of 500 finalists in the Presidential Scholars Program, which provides the highest federal honor given to graduating high school seniors.
Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in community and school activities. The 500 finalists were selected from approximately 2,500 high school seniors who were invited to apply for the program based on their exceptional performance on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the test of the American College Testing (ACT) Program.
The finalists were selected by a panel of educators after a review of essays, students' self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.
Hefty, the son of Marla Hefty, was among four LHS seniors named Presidential Scholar semifinalists in February.
The White House is expected to announce the names of 141 Presidential Scholars in early May.