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Huntsville City Schools Student Advances in Presidential Scholars Selection

Michael J. McMeen, a senior at Grissom High, has advanced in the semi-finals in the 2017 Presidential Scholars Program.  McMeen is one of only ten students in state to advance to the next level, and the only public school student from North Alabama.  Nationally, only 722 students have made the cut in this latest semi-finalist round. The finalists will be announced in early May and will be invited to attend the National Recognition Program this summer in Washington, D.C.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects students based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, along with community service, leadership, and commitment to high ideals.  The program was first established in 1964, and application is by invitation only.  Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholar Finalists, with up to three selected from Alabama. 

In addition to Michael McMeen, five other Grissom high seniors were selected in the first round of candidates for the 2017 Presidential Scholars; Sydney Ross, Jenny A. Shen, Afura N. Taylor, Shengquig Wang, and Aaron X. Zhai.  Only 61 students from Alabama were selected as candidates in this year’s Presidential Scholars Program.

In 2015, James Brahm, a graduate of Grissom High School, was selected as the Presidential Scholars Finalist for Alabama.