Five MHS seniors -- Claire Matsumura, Derek Waleffe, Alex Warholic, Jack Wilson and Kirstin Yu -- have been selected as candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program sponsored by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education.
They are among 102 seniors from Wisconsin to earn the honor. The only high school in Wisconsin with more candidates than MHS was Brookfield Central, which had six.
Approximately 600 students nationwide will be named semifinalists in April, and the 161-member Presidential Scholar class will be announced in May.
Students have three paths to become a Presidential Scholar. The majority are selected based on broad academic achievement. Approximately 20 will be chosen based on their scholarship and talent in the arts. Another 20 will be picked based on their ability and accomplishments in career and technical fields.
Eden Girma, an MHS graduate in 2014, was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar that year.
The program was established in 1964 to recognized the nation's most distinguished high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. More than 6,000 students have been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar since the program's inception.
To learn more, visit the Presidential Scholars Program website.