Cleveland High School senior Brian Byerly has been named one of 630 semifinalists in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Semifinalists were selected from nearly 5,300 candidates from high schools across the United States. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 54th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. A National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar with Distinction, Brian serves as the Student Liaison to the Board of Education and runs on the CHS Track and Cross Country teams.
Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year’s graduating senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington D.C. in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholar Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.
A distinguished panel of educators have nominee submissions and selected 630 semifinalists. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.