For immediate release:
June 2, 2011
Four Kansas students named 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars
TOPEKA – Four Kansas high school seniors have been named 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars. The program recognizes some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors, as well as those who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.
“I want to offer my congratulations to these outstanding students on achieving this honor,” said Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker. “While each state in the nation is represented in the Presidential Scholars Program, very few had four or more students achieve scholar status. This is a significant accomplishment for Kansas and for these students.”
One young man and one young woman were chosen from each State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad. In addition, 15 students were selected at large and 20 students were chosen from the visual and performing arts. The scholars all demonstrated leadership, scholarship, contribution to school and community, and outstanding accomplishments in the arts, sciences, humanities and other fields of interest.
The Kansas students named 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars are:
• Daniel D. Depew, Northwest High School, Wichita
• Victoria G. Gilman, Lawrence Free State High School, Lawrence
• Rex A. Tai, Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park
• *Samuel M. Teeter, Topeka High School, Topeka.
The scholars have been invited to National Recognition Weekend in Washington, D.C. in June. While in Washington, the students will be awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. The scholars will also have the opportunity to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished individuals.
*Identifies students named Presidential Scholar in the Arts.