Five high school seniors from the Huntsville City Schools District have been selected as Presidential Scholar Candidates for 2019.
Two Huntsville High School students, Tiffany Dinh and Lauren Scott were chosen, and three students from Grissom High School students, Alison Hu, Noah Kim, and Jack Smalligan were also chosen.
These five students join an elite group of over 5000 seniors from across the country and over 80 in the state as a Presidential Scholar Candidate. Students selected as candidates must complete applications by February 26. Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalists will be announced in April and Finalists will be revealed in May.
All the students expressed excitement and gratitude on receiving the news. Alison Hu said that she is “really grateful for all of my teacher, counselors, and family that have supported me to help me get to where I am today.” Lauren Scott added that “so much of my academic journey and the progress I have made is due to my teachers throughout my entire time in school.”
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects students from across the country based on their academic success along with essays, transcripts, school evaluations, community service, leadership, and commitment to high ideals. Each year, up to 161 students are named as a Presidential Scholar Finalist with up to three students selected from Alabama. Finalists will be invited to a National Recognition Program held in June in Washington D.C.