Lio is Presidential Scholars candidate Vicky Lio, a graduating senior at Vermillion High School, has been named one of more than 2,600 candidates in the year 2000 Presidential Scholars Program.
Candidates were selected from nearly 2.8 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2000.
Lio is the daughter of Yuhlong and Biying Lio.
Now in its 37th 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 student's 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 early April.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of some 30 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make final selection of the scholars. 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 U.S. Department of Education will announce the 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.