Eight students from Edmond Public Schools have been named candidates in the prestigious 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, the most of any comprehensive, open-enrollment school district in the state.  The semifinalists were selected from more than 5,000 candidates expected to graduate from U.S. high schools.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating 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.

The student qualifiers are:

Edmond North:  Erin Carter, Jacob Garbrecht, Sharara Kasem, Emily Kennedy, Audrey Stavish and Sophie Velasco

Edmond Santa Fe: Michael Yu and Akash Guruswamy

“We congratulate these students on this tremendous achievement,” said Superintendent Bret Towne. “Their tenacious pursuit of academic and artistic excellence is commendable as is their willingness to give back to their respective schools and the community.  We look forward with anticipation to what these students will accomplish in the future.”

The 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of 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.