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Three BHS Seniors Selected as US Presidential Scholar Candidates

Mississippi Students Selected as Candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars

JACKSON, Miss. – The 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program selected 86 Mississippi students as candidates for the national award. Congratulations to BHS seniors Lauren Johnson, Addie Grace Pyron and Sailie Smith for their selection.    

Students who have been selected as candidates have an opportunity to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar.  The scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

A national review committee of qualified individuals experienced in secondary and post-secondary education evaluates candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of their essays. Semifinalists will be announced in April and the final scholars list will be announced in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., pending Covid-19 guidelines, to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.  In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.   In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.  

To view the complete list of candidates for Mississippi or to find more information on the program, visit


US Presidential Scholar Candidates