Local Student Iris Kim Named in Presidential Scholars Program

Norfolk, VA, February 09, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Iris Kim, a graduating senior at Norfolk Academy, has been named one of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.2 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2012. Being one of these approximately 3000 students puts Ms. Kim among the top 0.1% of graduating seniors nationwide.

The 3,000 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. In addition, each Chief State School Officer (CSSO) was invited to nominate one male and one female candidate, based on their outstanding scholarship, residing in the CSSO’s jurisdiction. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in early April.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of some 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make final selection of the Scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities with their elected representatives, educators, and other leading individuals in public life.

Iris is the daughter of Beyung and Nosuk Kim, and can be reached through Norfolk Academy’s Director of Communications, Betsy Guzik, at bguzik@norfolkacademy.org or 757.461.6236, ext. 5112.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, parents and students can call the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office at 319/341-2PSP (319/341-2777), or send an email to PSP@act.org.

Norfolk Academy
Betsy Guzik