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Rock Creek student named US Presidential Scholars semifinalist

By The Mercury

Dylan J. Meyer, a student at Rock Creek Jr.-Sr. High School, is among the six Kansas high school seniors named semifinalists in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The program recognizes some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors based on exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.

Nationwide, approximately 560 semifinalists have been named. Up to 141 students will be chosen U.S. Presidential Scholars. Scholars will be announced in May and invited to attend national recognition events in Washington, D.C. this June.

While in Washington, the students will be awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. The scholars will also have the opportunity to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished individuals.

Approximately 3,000 candidates are identified for the Presidential Scholars Program through broad academic achievement or based on academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, the performing arts or creative writing. Approximately 20 female and 20 male students from each state and U.S. territory are identified based on exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT college readiness exams. In addition, each Chief State School Officer may nominate three male and three female candidates based on outstanding scholarship.

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