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Three Michigan Students Named U.S. Presidential Scholars

LANSING – Three Michigan youth who have been named 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars represent the great work that the state’s high school seniors have been doing, State Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Rice said.

The Michigan scholars are Anish Jain, a student at Avondale Senior High School and resident of Auburn Hills; Aanya Shah, a student at Troy High School and resident of Troy; and Olivia Jaden Stepnioski, a student at Center Line High School and resident of Warren who is a presidential scholar in career and technical education.

“All of Michigan can be proud of these outstanding scholars,” Dr. Rice said. “They have worked hard and achieved great things with the support of their teachers and families. Their futures are bright. I look forward to continuing to follow them and observe more great things that they are sure to accomplish.”

The three Michigan scholars were among 13 semifinalists in the state earlier named by the Commission on U.S. Presidential Scholars.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today announced the 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars, to recognize 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments. The Presidential Scholars Class of 2024 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer with an online recognition program.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on academic success, excellence in the arts and in technical education, through 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 5,700 candidates qualified for the 2024 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 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of two students 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.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 8,200 of the nation’s top-performing students.

A complete list of 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars is available at


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