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53 Iowa students selected as candidates for prestigious award
53 Iowa students selected as candidates for prestigious award
Iowa Department of Education
Monday, January 28, 2019

Date: 
Friday, January 25, 2019

Fifty-three students from Iowa have been named 2019 candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

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.

In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Candidates are encouraged to apply for the honor; application deadline is Feb. 26. For more information, contact psp@scholarshipamerica.org or 507-931-8345.

Iowa’s candidates are:

  • Emily L. Ash, West Des Moines, Valley High School
  • Jillian A. Baker, North Liberty, West High School
  • Anyssa T. Ball, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy Senior High School
  • Matthew C. Becker, Dubuque, Wahlert High School
  • Jackson D. Birdwell, Altoona, Southeast Polk High School
  • Alexandra J. Bonat, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy Senior High School
  • Cassidy R. Carolan, Decorah, Decorah High School
  • Astoria Chao, Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls High School
  • Natalie R. Chartier, Des Moines, Roosevelt High School
  • Ethan L. Chen, Coralville, West High School
  • William A. Conrad, Coralville, West High School
  • Rachel Q. Ding, Iowa City, West High School
  • Marianna V. Elia, Ankeny, Ankeny High School
  • Lauren O. Fergus, Johnston, Johnston High School
  • Daniel A. Fu, Johnston, Johnston High School
  • Ting D. Gao, Iowa City, West High School
  • Emma M. Gehlbach, Coralville, West High School
  • Alex L. Glascock, Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls High School
  • Greg R. Gott, Delta, Sigourney Jr-Sr High School
  • Akash K. Gururaja, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar High School
  • Emily Harold, West Branch, West Branch High School [**]
  • Lydia R. Hecker, Iowa City, City High School
  • Robert A. Henson, Ames, Gilbert High School
  • Evan Hilton, Des Moines, Roosevelt High School
  • Benjamin E. Hinz, Marion, Linn-Mar High School
  • Helen Hu, Ames, Ames High School
  • Anjali L. Huynh, Iowa City, West High School
  • Shashank Inampudi, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley Community High School
  • Hayden Johnson, Iowa City, City High School
  • Hima R. Joseph, West Des Moines, Waukee Community High School
  • Noah J. Keller, Marion, Linn-Mar High School
  • Crystal Kim, Iowa City, West High School 
  • Grace Kim, Ames, Ames High School
  • Braedon Q. Kirkpatrick, West Des Moines, Valley High School
  • Zachary D. Lewis, Asbury, Hempstead High School
  • George C. Liu, Iowa City, West High School
  • Michael A. Lu, Ankeny, Dowling High School
  • Colin M. McDonald, Tiffin, Homeschool
  • James Meng, West Des Moines, Valley High School
  • Drew B. Moine, Nashua, Nashua Plainfield High School 
  • Jaxon Mullinnix, Lone Tree, Lone Tree High School [**]
  • Megan Niewoehner, Hawkeye, Sumner-Fredericksburg High School [**]
  • Caiden R. Nygaard, Onawa, West Monona High School
  • Steffen G. Osborn, Waukee, Dowling High School
  • Cameron P. Primeau, Des Moines, Roosevelt High School
  • Logan J. Quick, Davenport, Bettendorf High School
  • Samuel R. Reynoldson, Osceola, Clarke Community High School
  • Sydney A. Ringold, Dubuque, Dubuque Senior High School
  • Madeline Samson, Prairie City, PCM High School [**]
  • Kaitlyn N. Severson, West Des Moines, Waukee Community High School
  • Veronika Silkin, Johnston, Johnston High School
  • Darrell D. Smith, West Des Moines, Valley High School
  • Katherine J. Snodgrass, Clive, Valley High School
  • Jayden R. Swanson, Harlan, Harlan Community High School
  • Katherine G. Timboe, West Des Moines, Dowling High School
  • Chiara A. Travesset, Ames, Ames High School
  • Radha M. Velamuri, West Des Moines, Valley High School
  • Shelby Westhoff, Dyersville, Beckman Catholic [**]
  • Naomi G. White, Ames, Gilbert High School
  • Benjamin M. Wonderlin, Des Moines, Roosevelt High School
  • Christopher H. Yao, Urbandale, Johnston High School
  • Steven Z. Yuan, Iowa City, West High School
  • Jenna Zeng, Iowa City, West High School

[**] Candidate for U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education