Senior Mary Massman has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2020.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduated high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
Mary’s many accomplishments include earning the highest possible ACT composite score of 36, being named a National Merit Commended Students, and becoming valedictorian of the class of 2020. About his achievement, Mary stated, “I am incredibly honored to be nominated for the Presidential Scholars Program. I’m inspired by the program’s remarkable history and mission.”
Looking forward in the Presidential Scholars Program process, a distinguished panel of educators will review submissions and select approximately 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.