Six Davis High School students have been named Presidential Scholar candidates.
Benjamin Baek, Andrew Block, Kenneth Chow, Sanchita Raychaudhuri, Don-Wook Shin and Daniel Zhu are among approximately 2,600 students selected from a pool of more than 3 million nationwide based on their SAT and ACT scores.
Once selected as Presidential Scholar candidates, the students undergo an application process that includes essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts. They are then evaluated by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, which selects about 500 candidates as semifinalists in mid-April. In May, the commission selects one male student and one female student from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as 15 at-large students, as Presidential Scholars.
Since its creation in 1964, the Presidential Scholars program has been considered one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
This year’s group of six candidates from Davis High is the largest in at least 10 years. The school has generally had between one and three candidates and only one DHS student has been named a Presidential Scholar in the past decade: Cynthia He in 2006.