Shawnee Mission students named candidates in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Shawnee Mission students named candidates in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Tash Davis

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has named four Shawnee Mission seniors as candidates. The candidates are:

Emmett Liljegren, SM East

Jesse DeBok, SM Northwest

Chase Horner, SM South

Emma Worthington, SM West

They were selected among 4,500 candidates in the 2021 program from nearly 3.6 million students across the country expected to graduate in 2021.

Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Among their qualifications, candidates score exceptionally well on either the SAT of the College Board or the ACT, and are nominated by their Chief State School Officer (CSSO).

The program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of the nation’s distinguished graduation seniors for their many accomplishments. 

Approximately 600 semifinalists will be selected in early April by a panel of educators. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. If circumstances permit, scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days later this year to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House sponsored ceremony, and to participate in various events and enrichment activities.