Congratulations to the 23 ASD students named candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program


February 3, 2017


The following information is shared on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education.




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. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.


Application is by invitation only; therefore, students may not apply individually to the Program, nor may their schools nominate them. The selection of approximately 4,000 original program candidates generally is made based on SAT and ACT scores.

A review committee of qualified individuals experienced in secondary and post-secondary education evaluates candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of their essay. Approximately 800 candidates are named semifinalists and forwarded to the Commission for further review. All Arts and CTE nominees submitting candidacy materials are automatically advanced to the semifinalist stage.

In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all semifinalists based on the same criteria used by the review committee. The Commission selects up to 161 U.S Presidential Scholars each year. All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, held in June in Washington, D.C.


The ASD candidates are:

• Foster Birnbaum - West High School
• Kathryn G. Bistodeau - Chugiak High School
• Sadra M. Bowie - Polaris K-12 School
• Chandra D. Boyle - Frontier Charter School
• Justin T. Carpenter - Service High School
• Lyle N. Chamberlain - South High School
• Mackenzie W. Fair - West High School
• Brian D. Gillespie - West High School
• Ray J. Harren - West High School
• Gary T. Hoppenworth - West High School
• Paisley A. Lovrich - Steller Secondary School
• Makayla J. Maisey - Dimond High School
• Carrie J. Mccrorie - Dimond High School
• Luke O. Meiwes - South High School
• Margaret C. Pickett - West High School
• Connor J. Settle - South High School
• Adam J. Skelton - South High School
• Vasily F. Soloview - Service High School
• Krista A. Stapleford - South High School
• Wit A. Stokes - South High School
• Hayden S. Taylor - Eagle River High School
• Aurora J. Williams - West High School
• Claudia S. Wong - West High School


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