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Three AZ seniors win Presidential Scholar title

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Erica Schwartz Erica Schwartz
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Three Arizona high school seniors made the U.S. Presidential Scholars list for 2013.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 141 high school seniors across the nation to receive the honor for their accomplishments in academics or the arts, according to a news release. 

Erica Schwartz of Sahuarita High School, Jangwoo Eom of Highland High School in Gilbert and Victor Wang of BASIS Scottsdale Charter are the three honored recipients this year.

"Presidential Scholars demonstrate the accomplishments that can be made when students challenge themselves, set the highest standards, and commit themselves to excellence," Duncan said.  "I'm honored to celebrate their creativity, hard work, and community service, and I encourage them, and all students, to continue to showcase the capacity for greatness in our nation's young people."

President Obama appoints The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, which chooses the honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, in addition to community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals, according to the release.

More than 3,300 students qualified out of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year. This amount was determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State School Officers or the National Young Arts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts competition.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 6,000 of the nation's top-performing students since its conception in 1964. One male and one female student are typically chosen from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, in addition to 15 chosen at-large and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

Each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar medallion at the June 16 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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