13 Grand Forks students named candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars program

Every 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholar selected by the commission will receive a Presidential Scholars medallion.

Grand Forks Public Schools
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GRAND FORKS—Thirteen seniors from Grand Forks Public Schools have been announced as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, the school district said in a press release Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The program, established in 1964, was created to honor distinguished seniors graduating across the country. As of 2015, the program also recognizes students who are accomplished in career and technical education fields, the release said. Up to 161 students may be chosen each year to be Presidential Scholars, including at least two students from North Dakota.

The candidates for the U. S. Presidential Scholars program from Grand Forks are:

  • Seoyeon Ahn, Red River 
  • Noura Elhamadany, Red River 
  • Matthew Evans, Red River 
  • Nauman Farid, Red River 
  • Brett Feller, Red River 
  • Mary Flynn, Red River 
  • Alishba Khan, Red River 
  • Emily Nelson, Red River 
  • Quinn Roehl, Grand Forks Central 
  • Megan Schill, Grand Forks Central 

The candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in Career and Technical Education (CTE) from Grand Forks are:

  • Kaylee Anderson, Grand Forks Central 
  • Kaylee Kirkeby, Grand Forks Central 
  • Clarkson Sande, Red River 

The candidates will be evaluated by a committee composed of qualified individuals experienced in both secondary and post-secondary education on the students’ academic achievement, leadership and service activities, personal characteristics, and an analysis of their essay.
Every 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholar selected by the commission will receive a Presidential Scholars medallion.


If parents of children attending private school want to be included, I would suggest they contact their senators and representatives to make their wishes known.

Otto is a recent University of North Dakota graduate and intern at the Herald.
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