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Presidential Scholar Candidates


A record 11 members of the Solon High School class of 2017 are among 3,000 students nationwide named as candidates for the prestigious honor of U.S. Presidential Scholar. The Solon seniors nominated as potential U.S. Presidential Scholars are: Dylan Caine, Karen Dong, Kenia Hale, Sarah Hong, Timothy Jin, Annie Liu, Jesutomi Odukoya, Zachary Stanik, Vishal Sundaram, Jonathan Wang and Michael Zhan.

“Having 11 students on the candidate roster is a tremendous accomplishment for the class of 2017,” said Solon High School Principal Erin Short. “This is the highest number of students nominated as Presidential Scholar candidates in a graduating class in Solon history, and the most candidates from one school in Ohio this year.”

Students are selected based on a number of factors including accomplishments in academics, art, leadership, and involvement in the school and community at large. In addition, they represent “excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth,” according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Commission on U. S. Presidential Scholars.

Ultimately, only up to 161 students nationwide will be chosen in May as U.S. Presidential Scholars.