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Breck senior named 2018 Presidential Scholar

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hyun Soo Brian Song '18 was named a 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos earlier today. Brian is one of 161 students to receive this honor.

Presidential Scholars are high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. Brian will travel to Washington D.C. in June where he will be honored for his accomplishments.

The 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education. Minnesota had just one other winner this year. A full list of Presidential Scholars can be found here.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,500 of the nation's top=performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Since 1983, each U.S. Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. Each distinguished teacher is honored with a personal letter from the Secretary of Education. The teacher chosen for recognition by Song was Upper School English instructor Frank Eustis.