U.S. Presidential Scholars from Puerto Rico selected
SAN JUAN – The 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars–recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields–includes two students in Puerto Rico.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as of community service, leadership and “demonstrated commitment to high ideals.”
Of the 3.6 million U.S. students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2018 awards determined by their 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.
The Education Department explains that the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars comprise “one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.”
Puerto Rico’s Diego F. González Lizardi, who goes to St. John’s School in San Juan, and Cristina M. Trapaga of Tasis School in Dorado, were selected among the thousands of candidates.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program honors top-performing students during the annual ceremony in Washington, which this year will be held June 24, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.
“I want to congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars on their achievement and also thank their parents, teachers and other academic advisors who have helped guide them along the way,” U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a release. “These students have pushed themselves to be the best they can be, and I am certain that devotion will serve them well as they continue their individual learning journeys.”