Veena Thamilselvan, a senior at Harrison High School, has been named a 2018 Presidential Scholar by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Thamilselvan is one of 161 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and have contributed to their school and community. She was awarded the Presidential Scholar Award in Career and Technical Education.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments with a U.S. Presidential Scholars Medallion on June 24, 2018, in Washington D.C. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic 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 2018 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations, or the National YoungArts Foundation nationwide YoungArts™ competition.
The 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.