PORTLAND, Maine — Evan Peaco and Samuel Freedman, seniors at Portland High School, have been named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. They are among about 20 boys and 20 girls in Maine who are being considered for one of the country’s highest honors awarded to high school students.
Students are selected as candidates primarily based on their high scores on the SAT or the ACT. They then submit essays, self-assessments, school transcripts and other information. A review committee chooses 500 semi-finalists based on their essays, academic achievement, personal characteristics, and leadership and service activities.
In April, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects up to 141 students nationwide to participate in the program. The scholars win an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and they are awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.