- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia high school students have been named 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

They are Brady D. Hanshaw of Sissonville High School in Kanawha County and Vinitha Joseph of Morgantown High School. A total of 161 high school seniors around the country were recognized.

The U.S. Education Department said in a news release the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars chooses each year’s scholars based on academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, and evidence of community service, leadership and commitment to ideals.

Honorees will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion at a ceremony June 24.

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