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Lexington-Richland School District Five announced Tuesday that eight seniors have been named candidates in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The following students are candidates for the scholarship:

Sasha Bacot - Spring Hill High

Claudia Byun - Dutch Fork High

Natalie Crawford - Dutch Fork High

Paige Maylath - Chapin High

Tyler Overbay - Dutch Fork High

Peter Von Ahn - Spring Hill High

Seungwook Won - Dutch Fork High

Jessie Zhao - Dutch Fork High

More than 4,500 students were selected from 3.6 million applicants expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2021.

Candidates are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

“This recognition is one more example of the amazing students that we have in School District Five,” said Michael Guliano, School District Five chief instructional officer. “They earned this honor through persistent work and diligence. I celebrate these nine students and their families, and thank the work of our teachers that support these and other students on a daily basis.”

Each year 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from that year’s senior class. All scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C. in June for the National Recognition Program, pending COVID case numbers. Students will participate in various events, enrichment activities and the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars is a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the president, who will select the finalists. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the semifinalists in April and the winners in May.

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