Sofia Gutierrez Named U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominee


West Hempstead High School senior Sofia Gutierrez has been designated as one of New York State’s high school nominees in academics and arts for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program.

According to its website, the program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors based on three paths of accomplishment – academic, artistic, and career and technical education.

Candidates across the nation gained entrance to the competition based on their SAT and ACT scores. For the arts component, students had to have participated in the National YoungArts Foundation competition, which identifies and recognizes young artists who demonstrate excellence in the arts. Career and technical education students were selected based on their CTE accomplishments. Additionally, the chief state school officer in each state could nominate up to five students who meet the program’s requirements.

A review committee will determine the 500 semifinalists in late March through an evaluation of the nominees’ academic achievements, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and personal essays.   

In June, the Commission on Presidential Scholars will select 161 scholars as finalists to receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Recognition Program. U.S. Presidential Scholars will receive a medallion for  at a ceremony sponsored by the White House, as well as meet with government officials, educators and other accomplished professionals.

The district commends Sofia for her academic achievements and wishes her much success as she continues in the competition.