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Lauren Chen - Image from Lexington-Richland School District Five.

Dutch Fork High School senior, Lauren Chen was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar for 2020. She is one of 161 high school seniors recognized nationwide for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and technical education fields.

The 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars are compromised of on young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education.

“We are so proud of Lauren and all of her accomplishments,” Dutch Fork High School Principal Dr. Gerald Gary said. “She continues to be recognized at the state and national level. This confirms that Dutch Fork High School is preparing our students to compete and excel on a national level. Congratulations to her as we know that she will go forward and serve.”

The White House Commission of Presidential Scholars selects scholars each year based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, and evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

“Being named U.S. Presidential Scholar is truly a prestigious honor that few students can say they have earned,” said Michael Guliano, School District Five Chief Instructional Officer. “This recognition is a credit to the work that Lauren has done since a young age until now. Her family has played a large role in her success as well, and we could not be more proud of Lauren as she deserves this award.”

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964 and has honored over 7,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with an annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the in-person ceremony for 2020 has been cancelled and scholars will be honored in a virtual event.

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