2018-01-26 / Education

Three seniors named candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Contributed by Richland School District Two

Three academically talented high school seniors have been selected as candidates for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

The students are Michael Smith from Richland Northeast High School, Malika Lightbourne from Ridge View High School, and Duncan Winburn from Westwood High School.

This honor is the latest in a long line of achievements for each. All three are high achievers at their respective high school.

Smith is an IB Diploma Candidate, Palmetto Fellow, and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He was also the recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award.

Lightbourne is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She received the 2017 RVHS Academic Award for Excellence in Math and the 2016 RVHS Academic Award for Excellence in Science.

Winburn, who was selected under the Career and Technology Education Component (CTE), is a computer science student in the Carolina Alliance for Technology (CAT) program at Westwood. He is also a Red Cross Ambassador and was named a Commended Student in the National

Merit Scholarship Program.

In mid-April, Smith, Lightbourne, and Winburn, will learn if they are among the 800 students who will be named semifinalists.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be announced in early May, and winners will be honored in Washington, D.C. Application to the program is by invitation only.

Students are selected based on broad academic achievement; academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, the performing arts, or creative writing; or outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

The U.S. 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.

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