WEST HARTFORD – Jessica Eskander of East Longmeadow, Mass., and Timothy O’Donnell of Windsor, both seniors at Northwest Catholic High School, have been named candidates in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars program.
The 4,000 candidates, including 110 from Connecticut, were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment.
Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts. A panel of educators will review the submissions and select 500 semifinalists in early April.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 52nd year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is not a scholarship, but students who have been chosen receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and are honored with a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.
“We are very proud of what Tim and Jessica have accomplished and wish them the best as they go forward in the process,” said Northwest Catholic Principal Margaret Williamson.