03 Feb 2005

Three Seniors Named Presidential Scholar Candidates

Three Catholic High School seniors have been selected as candidates in the prestigious 2005 Presidential Scholars Program. They are Kevin Hanegan, Joey Chatelain and Patrick Coco.
Inclusion in the program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating seniors. CHS has three of Baton Rouge’s 11 candidates. There are 40 candidates from Louisiana schools. They join more than 2,600 candidates from across the country who were chosen from the nearly 2.8 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.
Students are selected based on their performance on the SAT or ACT as well as student essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.
In early April, 500 semifinalists will be chosen by The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of 32 members appointed by the president. They will choose one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June.