Vani Ramakrishnan is candidate in Presidential Scholars Program Vani Ramakrishnan, a graduating senior at Vermillion High School, has been named one of approximately 2,600 candidates in the 1999 Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from more than 2.7 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 1999.
Now in its 36th year, the 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 2,600 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. Further consideration is based on students' essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in late March.
Final selection of the scholars will be made by the White House Commission on presidential Scholars, a group of some 30 eminent citizens appointed by the president. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts; and 15 students at-large. The United States Department of Education will announce scholars in May.
Scholars will be invited to Washington D.C. for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in activities with their elected representatives, educators, and others in public life.
Ramakrishnan is the daughter of Kumoli and Malathy Ramakrishnan and can be reached at home at 624-2658.