UPDATE 5/5/17: Isabelle has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar! Here’s a link to the news from the U.S. Department of Education.
A Cherokee County School District high school senior has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semi-finalist!
Isabelle Riddle of Sequoyah High School is one of only 700 students nationwide selected to advance to the final round of the national competition. They are considered among the most distinguished graduating high school seniors of the nearly 3.5 million students in the Class of 2017 nationwide.
Honorees are selected based on academic achievement including exceptional performance on the ACT or SAT, personal character, leadership and service activities; application is by invitation only. Only 161 students will be named finalists this spring and be invited to a White House ceremony.
“The achievements of these outstanding students deserve acknowledgement,” said Marina C. McCarthy, Chair of the Commission on Presidential Scholars. “The most precious resource of the United States is its talented young people.”
The U.S. President Scholars program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor top graduating seniors.
Last month, Isabelle was named a 2016-17 Coca-Cola Scholar… one of only 150 students nationwide selected for the $20,000 scholarship. She also was named the STAR Student for Cherokee County based on her exemplary academic performance, and is her school’s Student Delegate to the Cherokee County School Board.
An AP Scholar with Distinction, Isabelle has won the PSAT Academic Achievement Award and an Academic Letter. She has served as National Honor Society President and Student Government Treasurer and volunteers for HFDA Gives Back (a service club she founded) and MUST Ministries as a Summer Lunch Coordinator. Isabelle also has won awards for her dancing talent from the Georgia State PTA Reflections Contest and One National Dance Competition.