Cherry Creek High School students Siddharth Mane and Isani Singh have been named 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school seniors. They join Chelsea Wang, a senior at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, as Colorado’s 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars.
They are among 161 students from across the country selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars on the basis of their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities. Mane earned a perfect score on the SAT test while Singh earned a perfect score on the ACT test.
As U.S. Presidential Scholars, Mane and Singh receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June and will be presented the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. During their visit to Washington, Scholars have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people. Scholars are provided opportunities to wrestle with issues that concern America and the world; attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies held in their honor; and visit area museums and monuments. But perhaps the greatest benefit to the Scholars, and the one they most often remark on, is the chance to exchange ideas with similarly motivated and accomplished peers, and to forge friendships that last a lifetime.
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. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
Congratulations also go out to three CCSD students who were named U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalists. They are Thomas Weyerman, a senior at Cherokee Trail High School, and Kylie Hunter and Hari Sowrirajan, both seniors at Cherry Creek High School. They were selected as semifinalists from a pool of 5,100 qualified candidates who were chosen from the nearly 3.5 million graduating high school seniors.