2019 Utah Presidential Scholars

Students and their distinguished teachers
Alexander Cheng, Scott Milner, and Kalii Caldwell pose with their teachers.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Utah was honored to have three students selected to be Presidential Scholars.

• Kalii Caldwell, Ogden High School
• Alexander Cheng, Hillcrest High School
• Scott Milner,  Pleasant Grove High

Each student has the opportunity to nominate a distinguished teacher who has impacted their academic career.

The teachers selected by the awarded students were Gillian Hanson, Chemistry, John Olsen, IB Diploma Coordinator and Hal Wilcock, Choir.

U.S. Presidential Scholars are guests of the Commission during the National Recognition Program and enjoy an expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with government officials, educators, and other accomplished people. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

Application is by invitation only; therefore, students may not apply individually to the Program, nor may their schools nominate them.

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 an analysis of their essay. Approximately 800 candidates are named semifinalists and forwarded to the Commission for further review. All Arts nominees submitting candidacy materials are automatically advanced to the semifinalist stage.

We are extremely proud of our Utah students for standing out and being recognized for their achievements!

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