CFISD seniors selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalists

April 29, 2020

Cypress Ridge High School seniors Pavan Agrawal, left, and Neel Narayan were selected as semifinalists for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Narayan was selected as a semifinalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education. (Photo by Camron Wesley, Cypress Ridge HS)Cypress Ridge High School seniors Pavan Agrawal, left, and Neel Narayan were selected as semifinalists for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Narayan was selected as a semifinalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education. (Photo by Camron Wesley, Cypress Ridge HS)

April 29, 2020—Four CFISD graduating seniors from three different high schools have been selected as semifinalists for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors graduating seniors can receive. Candidates are selected based on superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in their community and school activities. Out of the 5,600 candidates, only 620 semifinalists were chosen.  

The following students were selected as semifinalists for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program:

·Pavan Agrawal, Cypress Ridge High School;

·Neel Narayan, Cypress Ridge;

·Alia Nathani, Langham Creek High School; and

·Angela Zhong, Cypress Woods High School.

Langham Creek High School senior Alia Nathani was selected as a semifinalist for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Out of 5,600 candidates, only 620 semifinalists were chosen. (Photo by Aaliyah Hamilton, Langham Creek HS)
Langham Creek High School senior Alia Nathani was selected as a semifinalist for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Out of 5,600 candidates, only 620 semifinalists were chosen. (Photo by Aaliyah Hamilton, Langham Creek HS)

Students can become Presidential Scholars in multiple categories. Narayan was selected as a semifinalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education. All other students are semifinalists for the general U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Before being selected as semifinalists, candidates had to complete a portfolio, including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts. A panel of educators will review the portfolios and select 160 finalists in May.

Cypress Woods High School senior Angela Zhong was selected as a semifinalist for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors graduating seniors can receive.
Cypress Woods High School senior Angela Zhong was selected as a semifinalist for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors graduating seniors can receive.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to honor the most distinguished graduating high school seniors around the country. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was extended again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Visit the U.S. Department of Education website for more information.

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