Two Treasure Valley high school seniors were recognized Monday as Presidential Scholars.
Sienna White of Boise High School and William Min, who attends Centennial High School in West Ada School District, were among 141 students across the country to be named presidential scholars out of more than 4,300 candidates who qualified for the 2015 awards.
Awards are 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 YoungArts competition.
“These scholars are poised to make their mark on our nation in every field imaginable: the arts and humanities, science and technology, law and medicine, business and finance, education and government—to name a few," said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. "Their academic and artistic achievements reflect a sense of purpose that we should seek to instill in all students to prepare them for college, careers, civic responsibilities, and the challenges of today’s job market.”
Presidential scholars include a male and a female student from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and also from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.