Chapel Hill student named Presidential Scholar

May 12, 2013 

Jacob A. Reed has been named a 2013 Presidential Scholar. He was also a semifinalist in the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program.

COURTESY OF ZENOBIA FISHMAN

Jacob A. Reed, a senior at East Chapel Hill High School, is one of 141 students nationwide to be named a 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Each scholar was selected by the president-appointed White House Commission on Presidential Scholars on the basis of academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, community service and leadership.

One male and one female student from each state (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) are chosen for the honor each year along with students from U.S. families living overseas, at-large candidates and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. In addition to being named a Presidential Scholar, Jacob was also a semifinalist in the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program.

He and the other honorees will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June for sightseeing, meetings and a ceremony during National Recognition Weekend, when they will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion. The teacher that each scholar named as his or her greatest influence is invited to come along. Jacob named Bradley Miller, a physics teacher at East Chapel Hill High, as his most influential teacher.

Jacob, 18, competes on several school academic competition teams and was selected for the 2012 N.C. All-Star Quiz Bowl team. He is also a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

He plays several instruments, including organ, piano and cello. He will play Part III of Bach’s Clavier-Ubung on organ May 19 in a free recital at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Durham.

He plans to study organ performance at Yale University this fall.

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