Two students named candidates for 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

South Carolina Governorís School for the Arts and Humanities seniors Cameron Messinides and Reagan Smith have been named candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The students join only 3,900 candidates selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2015.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 51st year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

Messinides, a senior in the Creative Writing department, is a resident of Kershaw, South Carolina and attended Camden High School before coming to the Governorís School. He is a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship and serves as one of five ambassadors for the National Student Poet Program, the countryís highest honor for young poets in grades 9-11 presenting original work.

Smith, a senior pianist in the Music department, is also a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. She is a resident of Tega Kay, South Carolina and previously attended South Carolina Virtual Charter High School. She is the founder and president of a special branch of the CATS service organization at the Governorís School. In 2014, Smith was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal Award, Congressí highest honor for youth.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts.

About S.C. Governorís School for the Arts and Humanities
The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school
located in Greenville, South Carolina, providing a unique arts and academic education to emerging artists from across the state. Young artists, usually in 11th or 12th grade, study creative writing, dance, drama, music, or visual arts during the academic year and rising 9th and 10th grade students attend summer programs in these areas, with summer dance programs open to rising 7th through 12th grade students.