Research Science Institute Alumni Named U.S. Presidential Scholars

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Research Science Institute Alumni Named U.S. Presidential Scholars

McLean, VA– May 08, 2014 – The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) announces that four Research Science Institute (RSI) alumni are among the 141 high school seniors named U.S. Presidential Scholars for their accomplishments in academics.

Appointed by President Obama, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts combined with evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

The following RSI’13 alumni are members of the 50th Class of U.S. Presidential Scholars:

  • Alabama, Cullman - Leigh M. Braswell, Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Arizona, Scottsdale - Rajet Vatsa, Brophy College Preparatory
  • Louisiana, New Orleans - Luke Z. Tang, Benjamin Franklin Senior High School
  • New Mexico, Albuquerque - Eric H. Li, Albuquerque Academy

The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington on June 22nd, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.  The program was created in 1964 and has honored more than 6,500 of this nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award. 


About the Center for Excellence in Education

The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP).


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