Chase Horner, a senior at Shawnee Mission South, has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Horner was recently notified that he has been named one of 625 semifinalists from a pool of approximately 6,500 candidates. He is one of only eight semifinalists 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. Scholars are selected on the basis of their academic accomplishments in many areas, including academic and artistic success, accomplishments in career and technical fields, leadership, strong character, and involvement in school and community.
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.
Horner said he was surprised and thankful to learn he had been named a semifinalist. When asked how he achieved this notable distinction, Horner shared he did it by working hard, getting involved, and writing a lot of essays.
The Commission on U.S. Presidential Scholars will select the students who will be named the 2021 class of U.S. Presidential scholars. The finalists will be announced in mid-May by the U.S. Secretary of Education. If circumstances permit, the scholars will be invited to a ceremony in Washington, D.C., to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion.