Recent Conestoga High School Grad One of 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Stella Lei
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Stella Lei.

Stella Lei, who graduated this month from Conestoga High School, is a member of the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. The U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

Lei will be attending Harvard University. She is the Editor in Chief of the Augment Review, a literary magazine, and is the author of Inheritances of Hunger, a book of prose published by River Glass Books.

“Our 2022 Presidential Scholars represent the best of America, and remind us that when empowered by education, there are no limits to what our young people can achieve,” said Cardona. “Today, I join President Biden to celebrate a class of scholars whose pursuit of knowledge, generosity of spirit, and exceptional talents bring our nation tremendous pride.

“Thanks to them, I know America’s future is bright.”

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership. 

Of the 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,000 candidates qualified for the 2022 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations, and YoungArts, the National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists. 

As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2022 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 U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts, and 20 scholars in career and technical education.