Oak Grove students named Presidential Scholars


Three Oak Grove High School students are among 76 students across the state chosen as candidates for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Students are Carly G. Kendrick, Anne M. Miller and Michael Pitts.

The students were recognized during Monday night’s Lamar County School District board meeting held at the Oak Grove Primary Multipurpose Building.

Supt. Tess Smith and OGHS Principal Helen Price presented certificates to the students.

“It’s quite an honor for our students to be recognized,” said Asst. Supt. Wayne Folkes.

The three are also National Merit semifinalists and are in the running to achievement National Merit Finalist status.

Owen Sayre from Hattiesburg High School has also been named a Presidential Scholar.

Students that have been selected as candidates have an opportunity to be become one of the 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars. The scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people.

 A national review committee of qualified individuals experienced in secondary and post-secondary education evaluates candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of their essay. Semifinalists will be announced in early April and the final scholars list will be announced in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

“We are very proud of our 76 student candidates for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and encourage them to complete the next phase of the process by returning all of the application materials they received from the U.S. Department of Education,” said Dr. Marla Davis, director in the Office of Secondary Education at the Mississippi Department of Education. 

“This is a great honor and showcases the tremendous talents of our graduating seniors.”

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.