Eric Young has been named a Presidential Scholar! The Presidential Scholar Program was founded by the United States in 1964 to reward some of the country’s most exemplary graduating high school seniors. Only up to 141 high school seniors are selected for this outstanding achievement. According to the Presidential Scholars Foundation:
“The Presidential Scholars Program annually selects one male and one female student from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Americans living abroad, 15 at-large students, and up to 20 students in the arts on the basis of outstanding scholarship, service, leadership and creativity through a rigorous selection and review process administered by the US Department of Education.”
Young’s ACT and SAT scores landed him in an initial group of 3,000 students nominated for the award. An application process soon followed. With Young’s selection, he will have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. and partake in seminars and work with important government and national figures. Young will be awarded the Presidential Medallion at the end of his D.C. tour.
Hickman has been fortunate to have had 17 prior presidential scholars, and are honored to have Eric represent our school and become our 18th scholar. So, if you see him in the hallway or around town, tell him congratulations; he deserves every bit of it.
By Jake Nichols