Two Pennsylvania Students Named 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars

The Pennsylvania Department of Education congratulated two Pennsylvania students for recently being named 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The two Pennsylvania students were among 161 high school seniors from across the nation to receive recognition for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

“I am delighted to recognize Pennsylvania’s exceptional 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars for being awarded one of the nation’s highest academic honors,” said Acting Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. “These students worked extremely hard, engaged in community service, and displayed outstanding leadership skills, and I am proud to have them represent the Commonwealth.”

Pennsylvania’s awardees are:

·       Aneri Shethji, North Allegheny Senior High

·       Prithvi Vijay Narayanan, State College Area High School

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects students annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Of the 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,700 candidates qualified for the 2024 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations, and the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts™ program.

“The 161 high school seniors selected for the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Presidential Scholars represent the best of our nation’s schools and inspire hope in the bright future of this country,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.