- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two Mississippi students have been selected as 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the selection Monday of Desiree J. Carpenter of Bay St. Louis, a student at Mississippi School for Mathematics & Science, and Yuqi Zhao, of Oxford, who attends Oxford High School.

They are among the 141 outstanding American high school seniors to earn the designation. They will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington, D.C., June 22-25.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects students annually 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.



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