Kirsten Magnuson and Cyrus Mody, two seniors at Lawrence High School, are among 500 national finalists in the 1993 Presidential Scholars Program.
Final selection of 141 scholars will be made by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and will be announced later this month.
Being chosen as a Presidential Scholar is the highest federal honor bestowed on graduating high school seniors. Only seven Kansas students were named finalists for the honor.
Magnuson, the daughter of Sarah and Mike Magnuson, has been involved in theater, choir, orchestra, 4-H, Youth in Local Government, the Regents Honors Academy and Presidential Classroom.
Mody, the son of Janet and Cowas Mody, has been involved with the Scholars' Bowl Team, band, the Science Olympiad and Model United Nations. He also won last year's state Citizen Bee.
Presidential Scholars will include one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad. The selection also includes up to 20 students specializing in the arts and 15 students chosen at large.
The 500 finalists were selected from about 2,600 high school semifinalists, most of whom were chosen based on their exceptional performance on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the ACT Assessment.
Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished educators after a review of essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and transcripts submitted by the semifinalists.