Four Lawrence high school students have taken another step in making it to the top of the class.
Seniors Emily Lowrence-Floyd, Jacob Montgomery, Matthew Ring and Hana Takusagawa have been named as candidates for the 1998 Presidential Scholars program.
They were selected from more than 2.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 1998. Students are chosen on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities.
Approximately 2,600 students were chosen as candidates. A panel of educators will review submissions by students and judge student essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts. The panel will select 500 semifinalists in March.
Final selection of the scholars will be made by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts; and 15 students at-large. The Department of Education will announce the scholars in May.
Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the awards.