Lawrence, KANSAS – According to the state officials, 9 students from Kansas were selected in April as semifinalists for the 2022 Presidential Scholars Program.
State officials have announced that 3 students were named Presidential Scholars – Shekhar Kumar Gugnani, a senior at Fort Scott High School, Fort Scott Unified School District 234; Jordin Reese MacKenzie, Blue Valley North High School, Blue Valley USD 229 (U.S. Presidential Scholar in Arts); and Gauri Yadav, a senior at Olathe North High School, Olathe USD 233.
Gugnani, MacKenzie and Yadav are part of the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, which is recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and Career and Technical Education (CTE) fields.
These scholars demonstrate academic achievement and extraordinary talent in the visual, creative or performing arts.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
Kansas other six semifinalists are:
- Christopher C. Henry, Wichita Collegiate School.
- Evanna Dominic, Blue Valley Southwest High School, Blue Valley USD 229, U.S Presidential Scholar in CTE.
- Younggi D. Moon, Blue Valley North High School, Blue Valley USD 229.
- Nicole Patrao, Olathe South High School, Olathe USD 233, U.S Presidential Scholar in CTE.
- Ann Pomeroy, Newton High School, Newton USD 373, U.S Presidential Scholar in CTE.
- Megan C. Bogner, Shawnee Mission South High School, Shawnee Mission USD 512.
The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer with an online recognition program, according to the U.S. Department of Education.