Three high achieving UCS students named candidates for Presidential Scholarship
Three high achieving UCS students named candidates for Presidential Scholarship
Posted on 01/31/2018
Studio shots of presidential scholar candidates

Three high achieving Utica Community Schools seniors have been selected as candidates for one of the nation’s top scholarship programs.

Cristal Gross, of Stevenson High School, Mary Keta, of Utica High School and Kaitlyn Proffitt, of Eisenhower High School have been selected as candidates for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar program.

Keta and Proffitt also attend the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology.

The Presidential Scholar program honors only 160 U.S. high school seniors each year. Two UCS graduates have been selected for this top honor over the past eight years.

Presidential Scholars are selected by The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. The Commission selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Semi-finalists in the program are expected to be named in April with Scholars announced in May.

Of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,600 candidates qualify for the awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts™ competition.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,000 of the nation's top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.