SAHS > SAHS Senior Named Presidential Scholar
Souderton Area High School student Hirsh Sisodia has been named a Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education, one of two students in Pennsylvania.
Hirsh is among 160 high school seniors recognized for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields. Souderton Area High School Principal Sam Varano commented, “Hirsh’s academic accomplishments are only outshined by his humility and his genuine concern for others.”
"This year's class of Presidential Scholars continues a more than 50 year trend of honoring students who've shown excellence in their educational, artistic and civic pursuits," said U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,600 candidates qualified for the 2016 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts Competition.
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and for the first time 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
Frank Gallagher, Souderton Area School District Superintendent, stated: “Hirsh is a remarkable young man who will most positively impact our world in the years to come.”
A ceremony will be held in June in Washington D.C., when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.