Several Indian American high school students are among the 161 named to the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona on May 12. The scholars are selected annually by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership.
“Our 2022 Presidential Scholars represent the best of America, and remind us that when empowered by education, there are no limits to what our young people can achieve,” said Cardona in a press release by the U.S. Department of Education. “Today, I join President Biden to celebrate a class of scholars whose pursuit of knowledge, generosity of spirit, and exceptional talents bring our nation tremendous pride. Throughout one of the most trying periods in our nation’s history and amid our recovery from the pandemic, our students have once again demonstrated their strength and that they have so much to contribute to our country. Thanks to them, I know America’s future is bright.”
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.
Indian American scholars include:
Salil Naik, Mountain Ridge High School, Glendale
Reva Srivastava, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont
Rishika Kartik, St. Mary’s Academy High School, Highlands Ranch
Aditya Kabra, East Lyme High School,…