SHS Senior named Semifinalist in US Presidential Scholars Program

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Andrew Bartow, a graduating senior at Scottsbluff High School has been named one of 565 semifinalists in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from more than 4,000 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.

Final selection of the Scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of eminent citizens appointed by the President, and will be announced in May. The Commission will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; up to 20 students representing the visual, literary and performing arts; and 15 students-at-large.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in various activities and events held in their honor.

Semifinalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished educators after a review of students' essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts.

Scholars will be announced in May.

Bartow will be attending M.I.T. in the fall, and tells KNEB News he feels very confident, lucky and thankful. He says his success has been the result of alot of hard work paying off, a little luck, and a lot of help from people along the way.

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