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Georgia girls among this year’s US Presidential Scholars

Photo: Keerti Jessica Soundappan of Houston County High School

Washington, May 14 (IANS & Staff) Georgia girls, Vani Senthil of Duluth High School and Keerti Jessica Soundappan of Houston County High School, were among the 161 students named US Presidential Scholars this year.

Indian-American students accounted for more than 10 per cent of the 55th class of the 2019 US Presidential Scholars, according to the Department of Education.

William Ellsworth of George Walton Comprehensive High School in Marietta was the third Georgia student on the prestigious list.

Last week, the Department announced the names of the 161 students selected, the American Bazaar reported on Monday.

Vani Senthil of Duluth High School

The Presidential Scholars are selected each year by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. 

High school seniors across the country are chosen on the basis of academic excellence, essays, community service and technical achievements.

The Indian-American students are from Georgia, New Jersey, Missouri, Minnesota, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and

In 2018, out of the 161 students selected as Presidential Scholars, 26 were South Asian Americans.

The winners this year were selected from 3.6 million high school seniors expected to graduate this summer. 

A ceremony to honour the recipients will be held in Washington on June 23 where each awardee will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.


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