Eight SJS Seniors Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Candidates

Eight St. John’s School seniors have been named as candidates in the 2023 United States Presidential Scholars Program. They are among approximately 4,000 nationwide candidates who have scored exceptionally well on the SAT or ACT.

St. John’s School would like to congratulate the following seniors for their academic achievement:

  • Elizabeth Chua
  • Jin Chung
  • Miwa Gudmundsen
  • Seungho (Sunny) Kang
  • John Zachary Robato
  • Mark Wang
  • Justine Xu
  • Kasey Xu

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

Students have the opportunity to become Presidential Scholars based on three paths of accomplishment. The majority of the Scholars are selected on the basis of broad academic achievement. About twenty students are chosen on their exceptional academic and artistic achievements in the visual, creative, or performing arts. Another twenty additional students are selected based on their academic achievement in career and technical programs.

Approximately 650 candidates will be selected as semifinalists by the Commission on Presidential Scholars in April. Each year, up to 161 high school seniors are named U.S. Presidential Scholars. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program honors students who demonstrate academic success, leadership qualities, and service to the school and community.

Update: Kasey Xu has also been selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program candidate.

Top row (left to right): Jin Chung, Seungho Kang, Mark Wang, John Zachary Robato, Ms. Patricia Bennett, Head of School, Mr. Bob Kelley, Assistant Head of School. Bottom Row (left to right): Justine Xu, Miwa Gudmundsen, Kasey Xu, Elizabeth Chua.

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