One in forty-six Vermont high school seniors, CVU student Carolyn P. Woodruff of Charlotte has been nominated for the US Presidential Scholars Program for 2013. Candidates are selected primarily on their performance on the ACT or SAT standardized tests. Of the 3.2 million high school seniors in the U.S., only about 3,000, or fewer than one in 1,000, are selected as candidates for the honor.
The program was established in 1964, by executive order of President Johnson, to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named by the US Department of Education as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.