GREENWICH, Conn. Three Greenwich Academy seniors have joined the ranks of some of the most distinguished high school students in the country. They received nominations to compete as academic scholars in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.
Rebecca Deubler, Nandita Makam and Kira Schott were all nominated for the elite program, which was established in 1964 to recognize students who represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars.
Candidates are reviewed on their academic achievements, personal characters, leadership and service activities as well as the quality and content of submitted essays. After review, about 500 candidates are named semifinalists. Then, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews all of the semifinalists in April and selects 121 Academic Scholars and up to 20 Arts Scholars. They are awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.
Each Presidential Scholar is asked to identify the one teacher who has most influenced her. Those teachers are invited to attend the events in Washington and are honored for their contributions at a reception and are presented with a Teacher Recognition award.
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