UCS senior named finalist
for Presidential Scholars Program
A Utica Community Schools senior has been named one of more than 3,900 candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Nicholas Weingartz, of Stevenson High School and Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, was selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. High Schools in the year 2015.
Weingartz is also a National Merit Finalist and was honored last year for achieving a perfect ACT score of 36. He is the son of Timothy and Norma Weingartz of Washington Township.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 51st year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon high school graduates.
Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
More than 3,900 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or ACT Assessment.
Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, activities, school recommendations and transcripts.
A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 560 semifinalists in early April.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make 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. The U.S. Department of Justice will announce the Scholars in May.
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.