Skip to Content

Congratulations to Iowa’s 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalists

Date: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021

The state of Iowa has eight semifinalists for the prestigious 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars program They are:

  • Kanyon K. Huntington, Afton - East Union Community School**
  • Parker Johnson, West Des Moines - Valley High School
  • Dorothy M. Junginger, West Des Moines - Valley High School
  • Karianna Klassen, Des Moines - Roosevelt High School
  • Andrew Jack Klitgaard, Avoca - Harlan Community High School
  • Joanne Lee, Robins - Xavier High School
  • Molly Ann Niewoehner, Hawkeye - Sumner-Fredericksburg High School**
  • Lucas Ian Pierce, Nashua - Nashua Plainfield High School

** Semifinalist for U.S Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education

From nearly 3.6 million graduating high school seniors from across the country, over 6,500 students were identified as candidates in this program, and 625 semifinalists were selected. These semifinalists form the pool from which the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen.

The 2021 U.S Presidential Scholars will be announced in May.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Visit the U.S. Department of Education website to learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Article Type: 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 05, 2021 at 5:12pm.