ALEXANDRIA, VA — May 17, 2017 — The Department of Defense Education Activity takes great pleasure in announcing the selection of two students as 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars. Rachel L. Flatt, from Nile C. Kinnick High School, in Yokosuka, Japan, and John R. Casey, Ramstein High School, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, are among the 161 high school seniors recognized for their extraordinary academic accomplishments.
Of the 3.5 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,100 candidates qualified for the 2017 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts™ competition.
The 2017 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 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during an annual ceremony in Washington. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
The 2017 ceremony will be held June 18, in Washington, D.C., when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.
A complete list of 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars is available at http://www.ed.gov/psp.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.