The School District of Elmbrook is proud to announce that Brookfield East Senior, Sanju Reddy Peddagorla, has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar for the state of Wisconsin! Sanju is the fifth Elmbrook student to be named a Presidential Scholar in the last four years, the most of any School District in the Country during that time period!
Out of over 5,300 candidates who qualified for the 2020 awards, Sanju was selected as one of two students honored from Wisconsin and one of 161 Presidential Scholars chosen in the United States. Determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts™competition, the 56th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars will join the ranks of almost 7,500 of the nation's top-performing students throughout the years.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 56th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Each year, final selection of the nation's 121 academic Presidential Scholars consists of one male and one female from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 Scholars in the Arts and 20 Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
This year's recipients will be recognized this summer "as public health circumstances permit", Education Department officials said. Recent Presidential Scholars from Elmbrook include:
2020 - Sanju Peddagorla, Brookfield East
2019 - Namitha Alexander, Brookfield East
2018 - Julian Rhee, Brookfield East; Sophia Sun, Brookfield Central
2017 - Colin Gray-Hoehn, Brookfield East
For more information on the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program please visit https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-secretary-education-betsy-devos-names-161-students-2020-us-presidential-scholars