U.S. Department of Education
INCIRLIK, Turkey | May 9, 2013
Among the 141 high school seniors honored by the U.S Department of Education as U.S. Presidential Scholars, for their accomplishments in academics or the arts is Bryce Kaw-uh from Incirlik Unit School.
Bryce is the only DoDEA student selected for this 49th class of Presidential Scholars. Bryce Kaw-uh is the son of Lt Col Tonney and Mrs. Teresa Kaw-uh, assigned to 39th ABW at Incirlik Air Base, Incirlik, Turkey.
He has also been selected to be part of a select group of 2013 scholars that will attend the tenth annual U.S.- China Student Leaders Exchange. The exchange, a partnership between the National Committee on United States-China Relations andthe China Educational Association for International Exchange, is a two-week study tour of China with visits scheduled to Changsha, Xi'an and Beijing.
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 3,300 candidates qualified for the 2013 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State School Officers or the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArtsTM competition.
The 2013 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 and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Bryce was selected in the Americans Abroad category. He cited his most influential teacher as Ms. BethAnn Matar, Incirlik Unit School. Bryce will be honored along with the other selectees and will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion at a Washington ceremony on June 16th.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 6,000 of the nation's top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.
A complete list of 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars follows and is also available at: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/141-students-across-country-named-2013-us-presidential-scholars
About the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/about.html
The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our Nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the Program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the Nation's highest honors for high school students. The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. In honoring the U.S. Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.