U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced the selection of NC School of Science and Mathematics senior Sreeram Venkat ‘17 of Morrisville, North Carolina, as a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Venkat is one of 161 high school students recognized nationally from among 5,100 candidates invited to apply.
Presidential Scholars demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. The 2017 Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington, D.C., June 18-20.
“I congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars for their devotion to academic excellence and their parents and teachers who have guided them along the way,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “Today’s Presidential Scholars are tomorrow’s leaders, and I am confident they will continue to be shining examples as they enter the next phase of their academic careers.”
The 2017 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, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.