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ECHS Senior Named Candidate in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Riley Kublin, a senior at Effingham County High School, has been named as a candidate in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The more than 4,500 candidates were selected from the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2021.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by the Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. There are up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars chosen each year from among that year’s senior class. These Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.

A distinguished panel of educators will review the submitted applications and select approximately 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. If circumstances permit, scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony at the White House and to participate in various events and activities.

The Effingham County School District is very proud to have Riley Kublin represent Effingham County at the next level in hopes she is selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar.