DL senior is candidate for 2008 Presidential Scholars list
Grant Remmen, a graduating senior at Detroit Lakes High School, has been named as one of more than 2,600 candidates in the 2008 Presidential Scholars Program.
Grant is the son of Larry and Kellie Remmen of Detroit Lakes.
The candidates were selected from nearly 2.8 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2008.
Inclusion in the Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 44th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors.
Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
The 2,600 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment.
Further consideration is based on students' essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.
A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in early April.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of some 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make final selection of the Scholars.
They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts.
The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.
Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities with their elected representatives, educators and other leading individuals in public life.
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 as Presidential Scholars. They represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people.
In honoring the Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.