Seven Lower Merion School District seniors are candidates to be named Presidential Scholars. Six of the candidates are from Harriton High School. That is the most candidates from any high school in the state of Pennsylvania.
The candidates from Harriton High School are:
- Francis Chalissery
- Matthew Groeneveld
- Michelle Qin
- Max Wang
- Sam Weissman
- Sarah Xi
The candidate from Lower Merion High School is:
- Ziwen Zhou
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.
In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.