Alex Cayer and William Clark
Two students from Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District have been nominated for a top academic recognition by the U.S. Department of Education.
Alexander Cayer and William Clark have been named U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates. Cayer and Clark are among 62 seniors recognized in the state of Wisconsin, and 5,000 students nationwide.
Students have the opportunity to become Presidential Scholars based on three paths of accomplishment. The majority of the Scholars are selected on the basis of broad academic achievement. Approximately twenty additional students are selected on the basis of their academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, the performing arts, or creative writing. Another twenty students are selected on the basis of their outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
“I could not be more proud of Alex and William. Both young men are committed students and tremendous citizens of our school community,” said Brett Bowers, principal of Homestead High School. “Throughout their time at Homestead, each has made a profound, positive impact in and beyond the classroom. They are completely deserving of this honor.”
Application is by invitation only; therefore, students may not apply individually to the Program, nor may their schools nominate them. To confirm their interest upon selection, both Cayer and Clark submitted candidacy materials, including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts for review.
In the next step of the process, approximately 800 candidates of the original 5,000 are named semifinalists and forwarded to the Commission on Presidential Scholars for further review. The Commission on Presidential Scholars selects up to 161 U.S Presidential Scholars each year.
For more information regarding the Presidential Scholars Program, please visit: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html?exp=0.