Huntsinger, Blackmon among 141 Presidential Scholars

Huntsinger, Blackmon among 141 Presidential Scholars

May 3rd, 2012 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Baylor students Megan Huntsinger and Tyler Blackmon are among 141 high school seniors in the nation who have been named presidential scholars for their accomplishments in academics or the arts.

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Two Baylor School students are among 141 U.S. high school students to be named to the 48th class of Presidential Scholars.

Students Megan Huntsinger and Tyler Blackmon were chosen by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by President Barack Obama, for their accomplishments in arts or academics.

Scholars are selected based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

"As national, state and local leaders work side by side with principals, teachers, and parents to make our schools better, we can learn from the students all around us whose hard work and accomplishments embody the kind of excellence we want every child to achieve," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement.

Huntsinger and Blackmon will be recognized at a June cermony in Washington, D.C. Each student is also invited to bring his or her most inspiring and challenging teacher to be honored at the event.

Huntsinger is a boarding student from Vestavia Hills, Ala. and will attend Vanderbilt University's school of engineering in the fall. Blackmon is a day student from Rising Fawn, Ga. who will attend Yale University.