Grayson County High School senior Dayton Blair has been has been named a candidate for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Only 4,000 candidates were selected from the nearly 3.3 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 800 semifinalists in early April.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. Those selected will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to participate in a variety of events and activities, and to receive their Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, established in 1964, 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.