Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced that three Kansas students are included in the 57th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.
The Kansas scholars are:
- Khushi Kohli, Olathe North High School, Olathe, Kansas.
- Charles B. Horner, Shawnee Mission South High School, Overland Park, Kansas.
- Aishani Saxena, Blue Valley West High School, Overland Park, Kansas.
“Achieving this level of academic success requires hard work and perseverance in any year, but COVID-19 presented new and unexpected challenges for all,” Governor Kelly said. “Khushi, Charles, and Aishani faced these obstacles head-on, and emerged among the top students in the country. I offer them my sincerest congratulations on this outstanding achievement. They make Kansas proud.”
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. This year, 161 high school seniors were chosen.
Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 6,000 candidates qualified for the 2021 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations and the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts™ program.