Yarlagadda named semifinalist in Presidential Scholars program

Shriya Yarlagadda

Shriya Yarlagadda

GRAND BLANC — Grand Blanc Community Schools is proud to announce that Grand Blanc High School Class of 2021 graduating senior Shriya Yarlagadda has been named one of only 625 semifinalists nationwide in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Established in 1964, the program recognizes some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognized exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts, and again in 2015 to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding ability in the career and technical fields.

Up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen each year from the senior class across the entire nation. Scholars are presented with Presidential Scholar medallions.

A distinguished panel of educators reviewed the submissions of 6,500 candidates announced earlier this year, and have selected Yarlagadda as one of the elite 625 to move on to be reviewed by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group selected by the President of the United States. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the finalists later this month. Those final scholars will be recognized sometime this summer. — L.R.