Phoenix Country Day School senior named Presidential Scholar semifinalist

Phoenix Country Day School senior Anita Sheih has been named a semifinalist in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Anita Sheih

Anita Sheih

She was one of 689 semifinalists in the United States, selected from nearly 4,700 candidates that applied, according to a May 2 press release. Of the 689 semifinalists chosen, 12 students will graduate from high school in Arizona, and Anita is the only semifinalist in Arizona to attend a private school.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars is one of the highest honors bestowed on graduating high school seniors, the press release states.

Ms. Sheih was selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas, from academics, to arts, to athletics, and civic leadership. Annually, up to 161

U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.

A distinguished panel of educators have reviewed the submissions to select the semifinalists, and they will continue in the program until the U.S. Department of Education announces the final Scholars later in May.  Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony.

Ms. Sheih has been a student at PCDS since 5th grade, and is a valued member of the Class of 2016. She is a dedicated student, an accomplished musician (playing cello with the Phoenix Youth Symphony and all-state musician), a three-sport varsity athlete (swim, soccer, and softball), and co-editor-in-chief for both the student newspaper and yearbook.

She has committed to attend Brown University in the fall.

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