A Pinewood Preparatory School senior has been named one of the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Logan Dwyer of Summerville is among 141 outstanding American high school seniors demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community, Duncan said.
Dwyer is one of two South Carolina students receiving the honor. Nina Srivastava of Spartanburg is the other Palmetto State senior receiving the honor.
“The extraordinary young men and women being honored for the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Scholars have excelled in their educational, artistic and civic pursuits,” Duncan said. “They show all of us that when students challenge themselves and commit themselves to excellence, the results can be astounding. These scholars will help move our country forward and will have a lasting impact on their families, communities, and on our society. They represent the potential of all young citizens to lift up America.”
Students are selected based on academic performance, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Education.
The agency says more than 3,900 of the estimated three million students expected to graduate from high school this year qualified for the honor, determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State School Officers or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts competition.
The 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the release states.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 6,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.
Since 1983, each Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. Each distinguished teacher is honored with a personal letter from the Secretary of Education.
Dwyer chose Wendy Girgan of Pinewood Preparatory School for the recognition.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 22-25.