Wayzata High School seniors Zoe Tu and William Zeng were named semi-finalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholar program and are two of 565 semi-finalists to advance to the final round of the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition.
From nearly 3.2 million graduation high school seniors, more than 4,000 students were identified as candidates in the program and 565 semi-finalists were selected from across the country. These semi-finalists form the pool from which the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen.
They were chosen based on their accomplishments in many areas including academic and/or artistic success, leadership and involvement in school and the community and represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.
Finalists in the program will be named in early May. All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the national recognition weekend, held in June in Washington, D.C. During this trip, Presidential Scholars are guests of the commission and enjoy an expense-paid trip to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people. Scholars have the opportunity to visit museums and monuments and to attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies. To commemorate their achievement, the scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.