Yelm senior Dylan Jemtegaard has been named to the 2021 U.S. Presidential Students Program, in line with a information launch from the U.S. Division of Schooling.
Jemtegaard joins a listing of greater than 4,500 highly-determined, devoted college students who have been chosen from the roughly 3.6 million college students anticipated to graduate this June.
“Inclusion within the U.S. Presidential Students Program is without doubt one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating highschool seniors. Students are chosen on the idea of superior tutorial and inventive achievements, management qualities, robust character and involvement in neighborhood and faculty actions,” the information launch stated.
Phrase of Jemtegaard’s achievement initially got here in December throughout a socially-distanced letter of intent signing. The senior, who holds a 3.96 GPA, plans to play soccer with the College of California Golden Bears subsequent fall.
Final vacation season, Jemtegaard and his friends on the Tornados soccer crew coordinated a meals drive to learn the Yelm Group Companies meals financial institution to assist out with the extra want felt through the pandemic. The crew collected roughly 600 kilos of meals.
The U.S. Presidential Students Program was created in 1964 by means of presidential government order to acknowledge the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for his or her accomplishments in quite a lot of areas. This system has since been expanded, and as much as 161 U.S. Presidential Students are chosen yearly from among the many yr’s senior class.
In April, a panel of educators will evaluation the greater than 4,500 candidates and slender the listing all the way down to 600 in early April. Then, the Fee on Presidential Students will choose the finalists with the Division of Schooling saying the students in Might.
Pending the scenario nationwide with COVID-19, students could also be requested in June to obtain their Presidential Students Medallion at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Final yr, Gracie Mathis, a 2020 Yelm Excessive Faculty graduate, was named as a Presidential Scholar candidate.