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Three CPS students selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates

Three Columbia Public Schools students have been selected as candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Hickman High School senior Fletcher Orr and Rock Bridge High School seniors Will Cover and Cooper Deneke are among 4,500 candidates selected from 3.6 million students expected to graduate nationwide in 2020.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a graduating high school senior. Scholars are selected based on academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. 

The program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation's most distinguished graduating seniors. 

A panel of educators will review the candidate submissions and select approximately 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists.  The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

Scholars are invited to Washington, D.C. in June to receive their recognition.