2018 graduate named among nation’s top 600 U.S. seniors in Presidential Scholars Program
2018 graduate named among top 600 U.S. seniors named semifinalist in Presidential Scholars Program
Posted on 05/10/2018
Studio portrait of Mary Keta

A Utica High School senior has been named among the 630 top U.S. 2018 graduates in this year’s Presidential Scholars Program.

Mary Keta, who also attend the Utica Mathematics, Science and Technology Center, has been named a semi-finalist in the program.

She is also a member of Dr. Christine Johns’ Superintendent Student Advisory Council. 

“Mary is a future leader who will make a difference in this world,” Dr. Johns said.  “We are proud that the Presidential Scholars Program recognizes her tremendous talent, resolve and initiative.”

A distinguished panel of educators selected Keta and the other semi-finalists based on superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. 

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon high school graduates. Finalists will be selected in May. 

Keta, who has also been named National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar, plans to study computer science at the University of Michigan.

As a high school student, Keta started NoteWorthy Music Camp, a five-day nonprofit summer camp to teach elementary school kids the basics of music in a fun way. Her senior project this year was to interview and write the life story of a woman who lived in Germany during World War II. 

The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make the final selection of the Scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performance arts. 

Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C. for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.