Thursday, May 8, 2014

Oxford High School senior Zhao named one of 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars reports that Oxford High School senior Yuqi "Mark" Zhao has been named of of 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars. These scholars will be honored in Washington June 22-25.
    The 2014 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 and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
    The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 3,900 candidates qualified for the 2014 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State School Officers or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts™ competition.
    Zhao was one of Oxford's eight STAR Students this year, as a result of an ACT score of 35 or 36, and is one of Oxford's 11 National Merit Finalists in the Class of 2014. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction, an honor given to students with a 3.5 or higher grade-point-average who score 3 or higher on at least five AP exams.
    Zhao is the son of Mei Wang and Jianping Zhao. He is Captain of the Envirothon Team, Co-Captain of the Science Olympiad Team, Captain of the Math and Science Quiz Bowl Team, and a member of the Robotics Team. He plans to major in Electrical Engineering in college.

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