OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — An Oxford High School student was one of 141 high school seniors across the nation chosen as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Officials say one male and female from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and from U.S. families living abroad are chosen for the award each year. Fifteen others are chosen at-large and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts are chosen each year, too.
Yuqi Zhao of Oxford, was chosen based on his academic success, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to his school and community.
The female from Mississippi chosen for as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar was Desiree Carpenter of Bay Saint Louis.
Each Presidential Scholar is offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher, who will receive a personal letter from the Secretary of Education.
Zhao chose to recognize his teacher James Reidy of Oxford High School.
All U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in June in Washington D.C.