Libby MacKinnon, a graduating senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, has been named one of more than 2,600 candidates in the 2002 Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 2.8 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2002.
Inclusion in the Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors given to 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 early April.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of some 32 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; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May.
Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition cermony and to participate in activies with their elected representatives, educators, and others in public life.
Libby is the daughter of John and Brenda MacKinnon.