Dan Ring named Presidential Scholars semifinalist

Dan Ring named Presidential Scholars semifinalist Dan Ring, a graduating senior at Vermillion High School, has been named one of approximately 500 semifinalists in the 2002 Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from more than 2,600 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.

Final selection of the scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of eminent citizens appointed by the president, and will be announced in May. The commission 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.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC for several days in the second half of June to receive the Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and

to participate in various activities and events in their honor.

The 500 semifinalists were initially selected as candidates for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. For the arts component of the program, semifinalists were nominated by the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, which annually conducts a competitive, national talent search.

Semifinalists were selected by a panel of distinguished educators after a review of students' essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts.

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