Chase Horner, a senior at Shawnee Mission South, has been named a 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Horner is one of 161 finalists from a pool of approximately 6,500 candidates nationwide. He is one of three finalists from the state of Kansas.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts. The commission also considers community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
“The 2021 Presidential Scholars represent extraordinary achievements for our extraordinary times,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said. “Their examples make me proud and hopeful about the future. Honoring them can remind us all of the great potential in each new generation and renew our commitment to helping them achieve their dreams.”
Horner is actively involved in the Shawnee Mission South student community, participating in cross country, track, marching band, symphonic band, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Arabic Honor Society. His primary academic interests are Arabic and economics. Next year he plans to attend the University of Kansas and double major in computer science and business analytics.
The Presidential Scholars Class of 2021 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer.