Two South Dakota students are among the 161 high school seniors across the United States to be named as U.S. Presidential Scholars.
The Department of Education unveiled the 55th class of Presidential scholars Tuesday morning.
Jaelyn Kae Morehead of Tea Area High School and Alan Zhu of Rapid City-Stevens High School were the two South Dakota students to earn the nod.
According to a release from the Dept. of Education, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
One boy and one girl from each state earn the honor. Others are chosen from U.S. territories or earn the award at-large.
The Presidential Scholar Program was created in 1964. You can find the complete 2019 list here.