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Plano ISD Presidential Scholar Candidates 2023

March 29, 2023

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education released the list of 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholarship candidates, which included 10 Plano ISD students. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the president, to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Annually, almost 4,000 students are selected as candidates for the award. Application is by invitation only; therefore, students may not apply individually to the program, nor may their schools nominate them. 

Candidates must submit candidacy materials including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts and are evaluated on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, as well as an analysis of their essay. From candidate submissions, approximately 500 semifinalists are chosen by an independent, national committee of educators convened by the Commission on Presidential Scholars. Semifinalists are identified for each state/jurisdiction by the review committee. The number of semifinalists identified per state/jurisdiction is based on a proportionate number of test takers for that state.

Congratulations to this distinguished group of seniors:

2023 Presidential Scholar Candidates

Otto Q. Beall - Plano East Senior High School
Otto Beall, PESH

Ian Y. Chen - Plano West Senior High School
Ian Y. Chen, PWSH

William Dai - Plano West Senior High School
William Dai, PWSH

Audrey He - Plano West Senior High School
Audrey He, PWSH

Neel Kondeti - Plano West Senior High School
Neel Kondetti, PWSH

Mansi Lohtia - Plano West Senior High School
Mansi Lohtia, PWSH

Satvik Mahendra - Plano West Senior High School
Satvik Mahendra, PWSH

Shakti Ramakrishna - Plano East Senior High School
Shakti Ramakrishna, PESH

Madeline L. Tsao - Plano West Senior High School
Madeline Tsao, PWSH

Alena Y. Zhang - Plano West Senior High School
Alena Zhang, PWSH