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Rye High Students Nominated for Prestigious Award

RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye City School District announced this week that two Rye High School Seniors, Molly Jordan and Alexander Mun, have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.

"The district congratulates Molly and Alexander on this remarkable achievement," the school district released in a statement. "(We) wish them great success in advancing to the semifinalist and Scholar levels."

While over 3,000 high school seniors have been named "candidates" for the program, only 141 of those students will go on to earn the distinction of becoming a Presidential Scholar.

The Presidential Scholars Program was created in the 1960s by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a way to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

According to the district, Scholars are selected based on their accomplishments in areas such as academics, the arts, leadership and involvement in school and the community. The candidates must also "represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth."

Both Molly and Alexander, who are also National Merit Semifinalists, have demonstrated themselves to be worthy candidates of this competitive distinction.

Molly, who will be attending Amherst College in the Fall, runs Rye's High School Newspaper, Garnet and Black, in addition to serving as captain of the school's tennis team. Alexander is founder and president of the school's math team and plans to pursue his affinity for mathematics at college in the fall.

In April the list will be whittled down from over 3,000 to 500, and in May the 141 scholars will be announced.

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