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Snellville Student Named Candidate for Presidential Scholars Program

Yili E. Yao, a Brookwood student, will now compete for the prestigious academic honor. Winners will be flown to Washington, D.C., for a special ceremony at the White House.

Ten Gwinnett County teens, including a Brookwood High student, have recently been named as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the highest honors for high school students.

The application process is by invitation only. To be chosen as an academic candidate, high school seniors must score exceptionally well on either the SAT or the ACT, or be nominated.

For arts candidates, high school students must also demonstrate academic achievement and participate in the National Young Arts Foundation program, among other criteria.

The Gwinnett County candidates are:

  • Kayuri M. Bhimani, of Lawrenceville, a student at Peachtree Ridge High School
  • Kishan M. Bhut, of Suwanee, a student at North Gwinnett High School
  • Daniel Chi, of Suwanee, a student at Providence Christian Academy
  • Kelly P. Croteau, of Lilburn, a student at Parkview High School
  • Allison M. Fisher, of Norcross, a student at Norcross High School
  • Larry He, of Lilburn, a student at Parkview High School
  • Jonathan R. Li, of Duluth, a student at Duluth High School
  • Yili E. Yao, of Snellville, a student at Brookwood High School

In Georgia, nearly 60 students were named candidates.

Following their nomination, the students may formally apply for the Presidential Scholars Program. If chosen, winners are flown to Washington, D.C., in June and are honored at a special ceremony sponsored by the White House.

During their visit to Washington, scholars have access to national and international government officials, educators, authors, and others.

Semifinalists will be announced in April; finalists will be announced in May.

Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars.

For more information on the program, click here.

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