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January 31, 1996


Five outstanding seniors are among 2,600 semifinalists in the Presidential Scholars competition.

Five Lawrence High School seniors have been selected as semifinalists in the Presidential Scholars program.

The students are Molly Imber, John F. Magnuson, Darren W. Smith, Tamara Suderman and Ken T. Takusagawa.

They are among about 2,600 semifinalists from the 2.5 million students across the United States who will graduate from high school this spring. About 140 finalists will be announced in April, and Presidential Scholars will be named in mid-May, according to Bonnie Dunham, the school district's communications coordinator.

Lawrence High School has had five Presidential Scholars in the last seven years, Dunham said. Usually, at least one boy and one girl are chosen from each state.

Here's a look at the semifinalists:

  • Molly Imber, daughter of Mickey and Jane Imber, has been active in track, cross country, 4-H and Key Club. She plans to major in biology.
  • John F. Magnuson, son of Mike and Sarah Magnuson, has been active in Model U.N., debate, orchestra, Science Olympiad and Scholars Bowl. He plans to major in computer science.
  • Darren W. Smith, son of Bill and Darlene Smith, has been active in Scholars Bowl, Mock Trial, band and tennis. He plans to major in political science at Rice University.
  • Tamara Suderman, daughter of Robert and Linda Suderman, has been active in Duke Talent Identification Program, Johns Hopkins Study of Exceptional Talent, Research Science Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Scholars Bowl and Science Olympiad. She plans to major in life sciences to do research and teach.
  • Ken T. Takusagawa, son of Fusao and Mieko Takusagawa, has been active in Scholars Bowl, Westinghouse Science Competition, computer programming and Symphony Orchestra. He plans to major in computer science.

Presidential Scholars receive a trip to Washington, D.C., which includes a visit with the president. It's the highest federal honor bestowed on graduating high school seniors.

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