Local students named Presidential Scholar candidates

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education selected 12 local students as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Up to 161 outstanding graduating seniors are chosen to become U.S. Presidential Scholars annually, among the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Application is by invitation only; students do not apply individually to the program, nor do their schools nominate them.

The selection of approximately 4,000 original program candidates generally is made based on SAT and ACT scores.

Nominees from Los Altos include Emily Y. Cai (Homestead High), Anthony H. Chau (Mountain View High), Yasha Ektefaie (Mountain View High), Sophia H. Hartenbaum (Los Altos High), Anthony Luo (Harker School) and Hana Mizuta (Homestead High).

The single nominee from Los Altos Hills is Kevin B. Xi (Gunn High).

Candidates from Mountain View include Ethan F. Goolish (Mountain View High), Jenna Cailin C. Molas (Mountain View High), Eric Ping (Los Altos High), Carl S. Sibley (Bellarmine College Preparatory) and Faith S. Tsang (Mountain View High).

In April, scholars are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas – academic and artistic success, leadership and involvement in school and the community. They are invited to Washington, D.C., in June to participate in a National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House- sponsored ceremony.

For more information on the program, visit

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