Two West Virginia Students Named Presidential Scholars

May 21, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two West Virginia students were recently named 2004 Presidential Scholars by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. The federal program is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school seniors.  

Out of 2,600 candidates, Mr. Justin Ryu and Ms. Jennifer Zhang, both students at Morgantown High School, Monongalia County, were among the 141 students nationwide selected for the prestigious honor.  

The scholars are selected on the basis of the accomplishment in many areas – academic and artistic success, leadership, and involvement in their schools and communities.  

“Jennifer and Justin's selection as Presidential Scholars emphasizes the importance of achieving a high quality education,” said State Schools Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “I want to congratulate these two fine students and wish them the best for a bright future.”  

Both Ryu and Zhang will receive an all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. during National Recognition Week and will be awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.  

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to honor some of our nation’s most distinguished high school seniors.

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