Thirteen high school students in northeast North Dakota have been selected as Presidential Scholar candidates, North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has announced.

They are among 70 North Dakota high school students who have been chosen as potential Presidential Scholars, one of the most prestigious honors for students, Baesler said.

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Representing 29 public schools and four private schools in North Dakota, they were chosen based on exceptional performance on the ACT or SAT college entrance exams.

Grand Forks Central High School students who were named for the honor are: Adrian Cummings, who is one of three North Dakota high school students named in the career and technical education category, Aysia Dukes and Kacy Jiran.

Grand Forks Red River High School students are: Jackson Holm, Isabel Krogh, Nathan Peasland, Samuel Schumacher, Francine Shaft and Sydney Warcup.

Other area students are: Griggs County Central High School, Cooperstown, Joelle Sherlock; Clifford-Galesburg High School, Mayville-Portland, Benjamin Berdal; Park River High School, Jacob Ham, and Walhalla High School, Suzanne Wieler.

These students are eligible to apply to be considered for the next level of competition, as semi-finalists in the Presidential Scholars program.

This week, Red River High School hosts the annual Myra Jazz Festival, a two-day event which draws middle and high school students from the area.

The festival, funded by a grant from the Myra Foundation, will feature guest clinicians Rex Richardson and Dean Sorenson.

The Myra Jazz Band will perform in concert at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Red River High School's Performance Hall.

The free concert will feature performances by the clinicians and jazz musicians of the area.

Richardson, a Yamaha performing artist and teacher at Virginia Commonwealth University, has recorded many solo albums and has performed with numerous ensembles including Rhythm and Brass, Joe Henderson's Quintet and Sextet, and the Band of Battle Creek.

Sorenson, director of jazz studies at the University of Minnesota, is a Yamaha performing artist and co-author of the "Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method."

In other news, members of an East Grand Forks Green Wave Robotics Team won first place at the recent VEX IQ tournament in Sauk Rapids, Minn.

With this win, Shelby Bruggerman, Brandon Perell and Zach Gemar, all seventh-graders, earned the right to compete at the state tournament next month in St. Cloud, Minn., said Jared Sanger, industrial technology teacher at the East Grand Forks Senior High School.

The team, which also won the Sportsmanship award at the tournament, competed against 32 teams of fourth- through eighth-graders from throughout Minnesota, Sanger said.

Other East Grand Forks students whose teams qualified for the VEX IQ state tournament are: Brady Loer, Sean Murphy, Jared Vetterkind, Riley Nelson, Jeb Haaven-Farstad, Wyatt Sanders, Tanner Nowacki, Taylor Franzwa, Braylon Anderson and Dalton Casmey.

A benefit breakfast for Jacob Records, a fifth-grader who is battling cancer, is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Christian School, 610 Second Ave. N.E., East Grand Forks.

Free will donations will be used to help defray medical expenses.