More than 50 high school seniors from Idaho are in the running as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, according to the national committee that organizes the program on behalf of the White House.

Candidates are selected for earning top scores on the SAT and ACT exams and also are evaluated for leadership and involvement in their schools and communities. All have been notified by email and will have until Feb. 26 to submit full applications for the prestigious honor.

Semifinalists will be announced April 17, and two top students — one male and one female — from each state will ultimately be selected on May 7. The Presidential Scholars will travel to Washington, D.C., June 23-25, where they will meet the president and have an opportunity to interact with distinguished scholars from around the country during three days of ceremonies, activities and forums. Treasure Valley students selected as candidates for this year’s honor are:

Boise High School

Anthony C. Brar, Boise

Abigail S. Chen, Boise

Scott D. Dayton, Boise

Andrew Every, Boise

Catherine S. Knothe, Boise

Dahsong Lee, Boise

Anthony Luo, Boise

Christopher Patrick, Boise

Quinn A. White, Boise

Grace Zhu, Boise

Centennial High School

Puja Batchu, Boise

Sarrah Belhadj, Eagle

Kara M. Hunter, Boise

Michael W. Min, Boise

Ashton M. O’Connor, Boise

John C. Shieh, Boise

John J. Chen, Boise

Timberline High School

Theodore A. Knoll, Boise

Khoi A. Nguyen, Boise

Thomas E. Ricks, Boise

Hailun Wang, Boise

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Sabrina Zerrade, Boise

Ian Hadrick, Boise

Capital High School

Catherine R. Ji, Meridian

Aidan M. Mcintyre, Boise

Alec R. Weber, Meridian

Skyview High School

Leah E. Smith, Nampa

Abraham K. Stucki, Nampa

Meridian High School

Brendan M. Bundy, Kuna

Barrett Fuller, Meridian

Mountain View High School

Peyton E. Badger, Meridian

Kuna High School

Katelyn A. Hettinga, Kuna

Emmett High School

Andrah Lake, Emmett

Eagle High School

Rachel Y. Liu, Eagle

Renaissance High School

D — Blake W. Magnuson, Eagle

Borah High School

Catherine K. Merrill, Boise

Kolbe Academy

Catherine Wells, Meridian

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