ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - A Lindbergh High School senior is one of two Missouri seniors honored by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.
Tiffany Lee and Corey Matzat, a Branson High School senior, were named 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars for their academic achievement. Both have been invited to attend a ceremony in Washington D.C. in June, where they'll be awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion.
Approximately three million students graduate high school nationwide. Of those, more than 3,300 qualified for this year's honor based on their performance on the SAT and ACT exams, and nominations by Chief State School Officers and the National YoungArts Foundation. About 550 students were chosen as semifinalists.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program selects one young man and one young woman from all of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and from families living abroad. Fifteen students chosen at-large were also named U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Established in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes a select handful of the nation's outstanding seniors. The program expanded in 1979 to include students who excel in visual arts, performing arts and creative writing.