Laila Mirza, a graduating senior at Stephen Decatur High School, has been named one of 630 semifinalists in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from nearly 5,300 candidates.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 54th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
Finalists will be selected in May by a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the president and will be invited to Washington D.C. for several days in June to participate in a recognition ceremony and various other events.