Three local students named Presidential Scholar Candidates


U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Three seniors at Baton Rouge Magnet High School are receiving national recognition.

Fariz Firdausi, Jay Iyer, and Ju-Woo Nho were named Presidential Scholar Candidates.

The US Department of Education describes the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program this way:

 “The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.”

The US Department of Education identifies the top 20 12th grade boys and top 20 12th grade girls plus ties in each state based on ACT, SAT scores and nominations by State Departments of Education. The candidates will complete an extensive application which will be submitted to the Commission for Presidential Scholars which will select one male and one female Presidential Scholar from each state plus fifteen more which are chosen at large. Presidential Scholars are honored with a reception at the White House with the President.

Fariz Firdausi also received a perfect score on the ACT back in December of 2019.

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