Presidential-ScholarUniversity High School senior Elise Zaniker was recently named a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar. There are just two U.S. Presidential Scholars, including Zaniker, from the state of Indiana this year.

One of the nation’s highest honors for high school students, U.S. Presidential Scholars are selected based on academic success, artistic excellence, community service, and leadership qualities. Each year, up to 161 students nationwide are awarded this honor.

Zaniker and her fellow scholars will travel to Washington, D.C. in June for the National Recognition Weekend and will be presented with a Presidential Scholars Medallion in a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

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.