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Eight Altamont Seniors Named 2020 Presidential Scholars Candidates
Julie Beckwith

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, established in 1964 by executive order of the President, recognizes and honors our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

We are proud to announce eight Altamont seniors have been selected as candidates for this prestigious award: Ahad Bashir, William Coleman, Shawn Goyal, Robert Pigue, Sameer Sultan, Benjamin Tang, Gordon Tenev, and Wilson Tynes. Approximately 4,000 seniors, 130 from Alabama, were nominated nationwide as 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates. Application to the Presidential Scholars program is by invitation only; students are invited to apply based on their SAT or ACT scores or nomination by a Chief State School Officer.

Candidates complete a comprehensive application to continue in the program. In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all candidates. The Commission then selects up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for a high school student. Presidential Scholars are recognized for their accomplishments during a ceremony held in June in Washington, D.C. Altamont is proud to have two Presidential Scholars: David Goldenberg in 1997 and Rakesh Goli in 2012.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, please visit:

Congratulations Ahad, William, Shawn, Robert, Sameer, Ben, Gordi and Wilson!

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