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    Lusher Senior Named Semi-Finalist for Presidential Scholar Program

    Lusher Charter School Senior Henry Wietfeldt has been named a Semi-Finalist for the United States Presidential Scholar Program. The finalists will be announced in May.

    “We are so proud of Henry for being selected as a semi-finalist for the United States Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s most prestigious academic awards,” said Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger.   “Henry is the epitome of a well-rounded, hard-working student whose future is extremely bright and we are thrilled he is being recognized.”

    Henry will attend Princeton University in the Fall. He was a member of the State Champion Chess Team,  Varsity Tennis Team, Students for Environmental Action Club, and Young Democrats.  He was President of the Science Olympiad Team, participated in ​concurrent-enrollment classes at Tulane University and took 11 AP classes. Henry was also a National Merit Semi-finalist.

    The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our 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. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.