Vandegrift High School student Sonesh Patel was named a member of the 2018 class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. Sonesh is one of 161 high school seniors in the United States to receive the prestigious accolade and one of only six in Texas.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars program recognizes the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June and are presented the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House, in commemoration of their achievements. During their visit to Washington, scholars have access to national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientist and others. Scholars are provided opportunities to wrestle with issues that concern America and the world; attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies held in their honor; and visit area museums and monuments.
Another benefit, is that the scholars also get a chance to exchange ideas with similarly motivated and accomplished peers.