GBHS senior selected as candidate for U.S. Presidential Scholars program

GRAND BLANC — Shriya Yarlagadda, a senior at Grand Blanc High School, is one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.

She is the daughter of Sreekanth and Himabindu Yarlagadda.

Grand Blanc schools Superintendent Clarence Garner said, “Oh behalf of the entire Grand Blanc school district and our community, we congratulate Shriya on this very special accomplishment.

“This unique recognition highlights the outstanding personal and academic qualities that Shriya demonstrates as a leader both in our high school and our community. As we look to the future, it is young people like Shriya that give us great hope and optimism that our best days are yet to come.”

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program 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.

The scholar program was established in 1964 by an executive order of the president. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields.

A panel of educators will review the submissions and select approximately 600 semifinalists in April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 appointees of the president, will select the finalists. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May. Annually, up to 161 scholars are chosen. — L.R.