Ge ‘Andy’ Zhang, senior at Walton High School, has been named one of two 2009 Presidential Scholars in the state of Georgia. 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. Less than 140 students nationwide are selected for this honor each year.
The majority of Presidential Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement, judging from SAT and ACT scores. Some winners are also chosen for the youngARTS program, recognizing excellence in the arts.
Andy and his fellow Presidential Scholars will enjoy an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people. During the week, scholars have the opportunity to visit museums and monuments, and to attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.