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Fifty teams from across the state traveled to Lake Washington High School for this year’s Washington State VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) Championship on March 13. Twelve spots were open to teams who wanted to move onto the next big competition. Out of those 12 spots, six teams with LWSD students secured their position at the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, Texas, May 5-7, 2022.

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    Two LWSD students named as semifinalists in US Presidential Scholars Program


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    Redmond High School senior Andrew Shi and Eastlake High School senior Amay Bansal have been named as two of the 625 semifinalists in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. These LWSD students are two of only 14 students from Washington state selected. The semifinalists were chosen from nearly 4,500 candidates expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2021. Although these two students were not selected as finalists, inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 57th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon 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. A distinguished panel of educators reviewed these submissions and selected 625 semifinalists. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent community members appointed by the President, selected finalists. The U.S. Department of Education announced the Presidential Scholars this month. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholar Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities. According to the program website, the Presidential Scholars Class of 2021 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer.