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Published on February 7th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Three Richland One Students Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Candidates

Three Richland One students have been named as candidates for the highly prestigious 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Seniors Elizabeth Williams and Jordan Pennington of A.C. Flora High School and Nathan Hahn of Dreher have been invited to apply for one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Each year, up to 141 students are chosen as Presidential Scholars from among the 560 semifinalists.

Elizabeth, who is in Flora’s International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program, is president of the school’s National Honor Society, co-president of the Model UN and captain of the varsity volleyball team. She hopes to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering at Duke, Vanderbilt or UNC Chapel Hill.  She scored 1420 on the SAT and recently participated in a summer program in nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University.

Elizabeth’s classmate Jordan scored 1540 on the SAT with a perfect 800 score on the critical reading section.  She also is in the IB diploma program, as well as being a member of TEDx Youth Columbia, the Model UN and Youth in Government. Jordan recently participated in a summer institute at Georgetown University where she studied the fundamentals of anatomy, medicine and neuroscience. Her future plans include ultimately seeking a Ph. D in neuroscience and conducting research.

Nathan Hahn’s guidance counselor at Dreher describes his academic record as “flawless.” He made perfect verbal and math scores on the SAT. In addition to being a 2015 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, Nathan is an exceptional athlete who has served as team captain for Dreher’s varsity swim, tennis and ultimate Frisbee teams since his freshman year. His dream is to become an Olympic swimmer. Nathan and his teammates are the current state champions in the Class 3A 200-yard freestyle relay race. His college plans include majoring in bioengineering and biomedical engineering.

The Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors. Scholars are chosen based on their accomplishments in many areas including academic and artistic success, leadership and involvement in their school and community. They represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in American’s youth. Semifinalists will be selected in early April and Scholars will be announced in early May.

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