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Eastlake High Senior Named Presidential Scholar
Anisha Gulabani one of 139 outstanding high school seniors in the nation

May 6, 2008

Contact:       Kathryn Reith, Director of Communications
            (425) 702-3342


Redmond, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that Anisha Gulabani, a senior at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, is one of 139 Presidential Scholars for 2008. Presidential Scholars are chosen for demonstrating outstanding academic achievements, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contributions to school and community. Presidential Scholars will be honored in Washington, D.C., from June 21-24.

Gulabani is a National Merit Scholar. She is a captain of the Eastlake Speech and Debate team, and a two time national qualifier in Original Oratory. She is founder and president of the Gender Equality Club. She is also treasurer of the Eastlake Children's Hospital's Guild and an exhibit assistant at the Pacific Science Center. She attended the Stanford Debate Camp and the Bioquest Academy at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute.

Each Presidential Scholar is asked to invite his or her most inspiring and challenging teacher to travel to Washington to receive a Teacher Recognition Award and participate in the recognition events for the Presidential Scholars. Gulabani chose to recognize science teacher William Monahan of Eastlake High School.

One male and one female scholar are chosen per state, as well as 15 at-large scholars and 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts. A 29-member Commission on Presidential Scholars appointed by President Bush selected the scholars. Gulabani is the female scholar for the state of Washington.

Of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 3,000 candidates qualified on the basis of outstanding performance on the SAT or ACT exam or by nomination through the nationwide Young Arts talent search.

The Presidential Scholars program was created in 1964 to honor academic achievement.


About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the sixth largest district in the state of Washington, with over 23,000 students in 49 schools.

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