Paul Laurence Dunbar High School seniors Athena Kern and Joseph Schneider are Kentucky's U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2014, the Fayette County Public Schools announced.
This summer, Kern and Schneider, both 18, will connect with government leaders, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and others in Washington, D.C., as they grapple with global issues, volunteer for service projects, attend recitals and receptions, and tour museums and monuments. Each student will also receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion in a June 22 ceremony.
The Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 to recognize outstanding high school seniors nationwide, according to the Department of Education website.
Scholars are chosen 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.
Kern and Schneider earned grade point averages of 4.77 and 4.84, respectively. Their GPAs were higher than 4.0 because they took advanced classes.
Kern said she was unsure of what her major would be, but she was leaning toward comparative literature and/or biology at the University of Chicago.
Schneider said he plans to major in physics at the California Institute of Technology.