Local students named Presidential Scholar candidates

February 9, 2014 

Zhiyong Frank “Frankie” Guo of Selma is among the N.C. candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. He attends Smithfield-Selma High School.


The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has picked its candidates for the 2014 awards.

The program, established in 1964, honors the top high school seniors in every state for outstanding academics and achievement. This pool of candidates was selected largely on the basis of SAT and ACT scores, with the top 20 males and 20 females selected from each state. From there, a review committee will select semifinalists based on academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities and an essay. In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars will select 121 winners in the academic program and 20 arts scholars. The Scholars will be recognized during an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June.

Here are the candidates from the Triangle, listed by town of residence:


Yudiyang Zhang of Enloe High School


Katherine A. Mimmack of Chapel Hill High School


Anne Feng of N.C. School of Science and Mathematics; Samuel A. Hamashima (Arts Scholar candidate), Nathan O. Kwon, Michelle S. Lam, Thrisha Oruganti, Michael B. Schmithorst and Kylie C. Wu of Green Hope High School; Justin Z. Luo, Enloe High School; Victoria E. Parrish of Cary Academy


Alec V. Arshavsky, Charles D. Copeland, Kathy Z. Dai, Sarah C. Fordham, George J. Hito, Salman E. Iftikhar, Jason Mao and Michelle Xia of East Chapel Hill High School; Yujia Sun of Chapel Hill High School; Christopher H. Zhen, N.C. School of Science and Mathematics


Julia C. Minton of South Johnston High School


James B. Robertson of Voyager Academy


Ashley M. Blawas of Wakefield High School; Harry E. Payne and Illirik M. Smirnov of Enloe High School; Monika W. Rajagopalan and Katherine Trathen of Raleigh Charter High School; Samuel R. Rosso and Bailey J. Schultz of Cardinal Gibbons High School


Zhiyong F. Guo of Smithfield-Selma High School


Lucas P. Perlman of Heritage High School


The following students from N.C. School and Science and Mathematics also were selected as Presidential Scholar candidates: Matias Horst of Boone; Mengyao Li, Parth C. Thakker and Julia Yu of Charlotte; Jonathan C. Marquardt of Denver; John H. Bell of Greenville; Quade D. Robinson of Midland; Maxwell R. Tucker of Mint Hill; Urvi Sinha of Pineville; Matthew A. Kornberg of Snow Camp; Julia Wu of Waxhaw; Zachary Polizzi of Weddington.

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