Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020
Nicholas Michael Dean Turgeon, a senior at Wade Hampton High School and the Fine Arts Center, is one of 20 students in the nation to be named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
One young man and one young woman have been chosen from each State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad. Fifteen students have been selected at large, 20 students have been chosen for demonstrating exceptional talent in the visual and performing arts, and 20 students have been chosen for demonstrating 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.
The Scholars have all demonstrated leadership, scholarship, contribution to school and community, and outstanding accomplishments in the arts, sciences, humanities, and other fields of interest.
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.