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    Two Lusher Seniors Named Finalists for Presidential Scholar

    Lusher Seniors Julia Simon and Henry Wietfeldt have just been announced as finalists for one of the nation’s most prestigious academic awards. The awards will be announced in May, but being a candidate is a huge honor. According to the US Department of Ed:

    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.

    More info on Julia and Henry:

    Julia: Science Olympiad; Editor-in-chief for The Post-Diluvian; President, Spanish Club; Junior Class President; State Science Fair Award; Kelly Gibson Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship Recipient; 13 AP Classes; New Orleans Public School Board’s Advisory Council; Work with Van Bael Lab at Tulane,
    studying wetlands; National Honor Society; Poetry Out Loud; STEM area of
    concentration; Ace-level participant of the First Tee, played golf with Vijay
    Singh (my favorite golfer) at Pebble Beach.

    Henry: Varsity Tennis Team; Chess Team; Science Olympiad Team; President, Students for Environmental Action Club; Young Democrats Club; Tulane Courses: General Physics II, Modern Physics I; Concentration: Math/
    Science; Honors: National Merit Semi-finalist, 1st in LA State Rally, Spanish III; 11 AP Classes