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Seven Hills Senior Named Presidential Scholar

The U.S. Presidential Scholar Program recently named Seven Hills senior Natalie Choo, of Montgomery, a 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Presidential Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership, and service activities. The Presidential Scholars Program is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school seniors. 
Choo is one of 161 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated
outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored in Washington, D. C., for their accomplishments from June 24-26.
“This is a spectacular achievement,” said Seven Hills Director of College Counseling and Assistant Head of School Susan Marrs. “Almost every year, one or more of our seniors is recognized as a Presidential Scholar candidate, but the competition is stunningly rigorous and we’ve never before had a winner. We’re so very proud of and happy for Natalie, now officially recognized as one of the most distinguished high school seniors in the country!”   
Choo is also a National Merit Winner, advanced student of Spanish literature, and accomplished vocalist who recently won finals for vocal performance at the Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards.
From nearly 3.5 million graduating high school seniors, more than 5,200 students were identified as candidates in the program, and only 630 semifinalists were selected from across the country. Natalie is one of only five 2018 Presidential Scholars in the state of Ohio, and only one of 20 in the nation, in the Arts category.    
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,500 of the nation’s top performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in Washington. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.