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Five FFA Members Named U.S. Presidential Scholars
USAgNet - 06/18/2019

Five FFA members were recently named U.S. Presidential Scholars-one of the nation's highest honors for high school students-for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education. Each year, up to 161 students receive this honor.

The FFA members named as scholars are Justin Chan, Middletown FFA, Delaware; Jaxon Mullinnix, Lone Tree FFA, Iowa; Megan Niewoehner, Sumner-Fredericksburg FFA, Iowa; Katrina Eileen Pokorny, Waupun FFA, Wisconsin; and Matthew E. Ryherd, Reedsburg FFA, Wisconsin.

Established in 1964 by executive order of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the U.S. Presidential Scholars program was created with the intent to recognize the nation's most distinguished high school graduating seniors. In 2015, the program was expanded to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education.

The 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of two students from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large. There are also 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education.

The commission selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service and leadership.

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