2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Selected

May 17, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – W.Va. students Amy Pei, of Morgantown High School, and Caleb Miller, of Independence High School, were selected as the state’s 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars from among a pool of extremely qualified candidates. These students will be honored for their accomplishments during the national Recognition Program, held in June in Washington, D.C. Students will enjoy an expense-paid trip where they will meet with government officials, educators and other accomplished people. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

Amy Pei is a senior at Morgantown High School. Pei has an outstanding record of academic achievement, having taken most of the Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered at Morgantown High School, including AP English Literature, AP Government, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science and AP Calculus BC. She is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS) and has had opportunities to shadow surgeons at Monongalia General Hospital. Pei is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field, and currently has plans to attend Johns Hopkins University in the fall.

Caleb Miller is a senior at Independence High School in Coal City, WV. Miller has a long standing record of community service and achievements. Miller is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the National Beta Club, and is the student body president at Independence High School. He has taken AP courses such as AP statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and AP English 12, among others. Miller plans to attend Harvard University in the fall.

Students have the opportunity to become U.S. Presidential Scholars based on having scored exceptionally well on the SAT or the ACT. Students may also be nominated by their Chief State School Officer based on their outstanding scholarship. Application is by invitation only. Candidates were required to complete and submit candidacy materials for review, including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts. A review committee of qualified individuals experienced in secondary and post-secondary education evaluates candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of their essay.

Since 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 7,000 U.S. Presidential Scholars, who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, artistic excellence and selfless service to others. For general information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, please visit http://www.ed.gov/psp/.

For additional information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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