Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announced that Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE) Seniors Carlos Arias, Ayah Elmansy and Shannon Guerra were recently selected as candidates for the US Presidential Scholars Program.
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.
“It is extraordinary to have three AITE students as candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program,” said AITE Principal Tina Rivera. “Carlos, Ayah and Shannon are all exceptional students with bright futures in and out of the classroom and we are incredibly proud to have them as part of our AITE community.”
Application to the program is by invitation only. According to the program’s materials, a review committee of qualified individuals experienced in secondary and post-secondary education evaluates candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of his or her essay. Approximately 800 candidates are named semifinalists and forwarded to the Commission for further review. In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all semifinalists based on the same criteria used by the review committee. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, held in June in Washington, D.C.