Pasadenan Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Published : Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 5:45 AM

A senior at Polytechnic School in Pasadena has been selected as a Presidential Scholar for 2019 and will receive a corresponding medallion at a June 23 Washington D.C. ceremony.

Annette Doeun Lee is among 10 students in California selected by the U.S. Department of Education as Presidential Scholars this year. She is one of 161 students selected nationwide under a program established in 1964 to honor the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the list May 7.

“I want to congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars on their achievement both inside of the classroom and out,” DeVos said. “Their hard work and commitment to excellence, no matter what challenge they are tackling, will serve them well throughout their lifelong learning journeys. I have no doubt that many of tomorrow’s leaders are among this year’s class of Scholars.”

Of the 10 California Presidential Scholars, five – including Lee – come from Los Angeles County schools. The other four are Alaman Diadhiou of Brentwood School, Charles Kogen of Harvard-Westlake School, Lauren Kong of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, and Yunhee Park of Oakwood School in Valley Village near Studio City.

Presidential Scholars are selected annually by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

More than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2019 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers,and other partner recognition organizations

Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 Scholars in the Arts and 20 Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

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