Virginia Beach students named Presidential Scholars candidates

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VIRGINIA BEACH – Five local students were named candidates to become U.S. Presidential Scholars, Virginia Beach City Public Schools announced.

Ocean Lakes High School seniors Nathan Luksik and Nicolette Pember and Princess Anne High School seniors Andrew Murphy and Sungmin Woo were named candidates for their across-the-board academic achievement, including being among the Commonwealth’s best-performing students on the ACT or SAT tests.

Michelle Wu, a senior at Princess Anne, was recognized for distinction in career and technical education. The category was added in 2015 to recognize students who show technical competence, employability skills and creativity in solving real-world problems.

The five students must now submit essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will select the final 161 scholars.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars distinction was established in 1964 to recognize the nation’s most outstanding high school seniors. Scholars will be awarded medallions and be invited to a ceremony at the White House in June.