Senior Named Semifinalist for Presidential Scholars Program
Hutchison senior Sophie Merchant ’17 has been named a semifinalist in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Sophie is one of 722 semifinalists selected from nearly 5,100 candidates. She is one of only three Memphis students to be named a semifinalist. Final scholars will be named later this month.
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. It is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities. Scholars are invited to Washington, D.C., to participate in events and activities, culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholar Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony. We are so proud of Sophie and all she’s achieved, and we are keeping our fingers crossed!