Nearly 600 students in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska put together inspiring work at this year’s Holocaust Center for Humanity (HCH) contest. Out of all those entries, four Nikola Tesla STEM High School students placed in the top three. This year’s “Celebrating Life: 2022 Holocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest,” put on by HCH, challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.
Twenty high school seniors named as candidates for US Presidential Scholars Program
Twenty Lake Washington School District (LWSD) high school seniors were named as candidates for the US Presidential Scholars Program. One hundred students from Washington state are candidates. They will now complete applications for the chance to become Presidential Scholars.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by executive order of the President. The goal of the program is to recognize our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars. This is one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
Approximately 4,000 candidates are selected for this program, based on SAT and ACT scores. A review committee evaluates candidates on academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and their essays. Approximately 650 candidates are named semifinalists. Their names are forwarded to the Commission on Presidential Scholars for further review.
In April, the Commission reviews all semifinalist applications. They use the same criteria as the review committee. The selected scholars are honored during the National Recognition Program, held in June in Washington, D.C. Read more about the program.
Here is the list of students from LWSD who are nominated:
- Simran Bagaria – Eastlake High School
- Ayana Bharadwaj – Eastlake High School
- Jay A. Dharmadhikari – Redmond High School
- Ron Dubinsky – Juanita High School
- Shivank Dutt – Nikola Tesla Stem High School
- Eli A. Friedman – Redmond High School
- David Z. Gershnik – Redmond High School
- Medhya Goel – Eastlake High School
- Audrey Gruian – Eastlake High School
- Aagney H. Iyer – Juanita High School
- Rohan A. Iyer – Nikola Tesla Stem High School
- Ronak Jaisalmeria – Redmond High School
- Helena A. Kaikkonen – Lake Washington High School
- Ana A. Letca – Redmond High School
- Nathania E. Lim – International Community School
- Conan A. Lu – Redmond High School
- Nimeesh M. Mahajan – Redmond High School
- Natasha S. Murugan – Eastlake High School
- Hila Tor – Eastlake High School
- Christine Ye – Eastlake High School