School Without Walls Senior Katie Borrazzo is a candidate for the prestigious US Presidential Scholar program.
Each year in January, based on SAT and ACT scores or nomination by a chief state school officer, 3,000 high school seniors out of 3.2 million across the United States are invited to apply for the US Presidential Scholar program.
In the District of Columbia, 45 students received the invitation (40 from private schools and five from public schools). Katie Borrazzo from SWW and four students from Wilson High School were in this group. During March there will be approximately 500 semifinalists selected and later in April the final 140 Presidential Scholars will be selected. Two Washington, DC students will be among the 140 Presidential Scholar finalists, who will meet in the District of Columbia in June and receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a White House ceremony. During the visit to Washington, DC, scholars will have access to national and international figures, government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other figures of note. They’ll be offered opportunities to discuss issues concerning America and the world, exchange ideas with similarly motivated students, participate in community service projects, visit area museums and monuments, as well as attend receptions and recitals held in their honor.
This is one of the highest honors a US high school student may receive. Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, this program was designed to recognize and honor some of or nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.