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Presidential Scholars Program Selects Oxford Senior as Semifinalist

Sophie Quinn Oxford, Mississippi (May 4, 2020) — Oxford High School graduating senior, Sophie Quinn, has been named a national semifinalist in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from nearly 5,600 candidates expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2020. Students are selected based on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in the community and school activities. 

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.  Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, held in June in Washington, D.C. U.S. Presidential Scholars are guests of the Commission during the National Recognition Program and enjoy an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with government officials, educators, and other accomplished people. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

Quinn, the daughter of Susie Adams and Charles Quinn, is graduating with a 4.47 GPA from Oxford High School. She has committed to attend Carleton College, a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota. Quinn will be taking a gap year for the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange where she will attend school in Germany.