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May 04, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Blomberg Recognizes Florida’s 2007 Presidential Scholars Program Semifinalists

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg today recognized the Florida semifinalists for the 2007 Presidential Scholars Program. Sixteen Florida students were chosen by a panel of distinguished educators after a review of the students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.

“We are thrilled to see such a high number of Florida students selected as semifinalists for the 2007 Presidential Scholars Program,” said Commissioner Blomberg. “It is an honor for any student to be selected as a semifinalist in this esteemed program and we look forward to the announcement of the finalists.”

From nearly 2.8 million graduating high school seniors across the United States, approximately 2,600 were identified as candidates, based on their exceptionally high SAT and ACT scores. Application to the Presidential Scholars program is by invitation only; students do not apply individually to the program, nor do their schools nominate them. Once they are tapped for the candidate pool, they are required to complete a lengthy application, reference process, and essay.

Of the 550 selected as semifinalists, up to 141 will be named Presidential Scholars. The finalists will be announced in May, with the Commission on Presidential Scholars selecting one male and one female from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. students living abroad; as many as 20 students representing the visual, literary and performing arts; and 15 students at-large.

Finalists are invited to attend an awards program in Washington, D.C., in June to receive the Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in various activities and events held in their honor. Each Presidential Scholar is asked to identify a teacher who has most influenced him or her, and the selected educators are also invited to attend the recognition events.

Florida’s 2007 Presidential Scholars Program semifinalists:

  • Victoria E. Alden – Hillsborough Senior High School, Tampa
  • Lizette Avineri – Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach
  • Bianca Brewton – New World School of the Arts, Miami
  • Catherine M. Cottle – Lawton Chiles High School, Tallahassee
  • Elizabeth P. Galbut – Community School of Naples, Naples
  • Jeffrey E. Glass – Pine Crest School, Ft. Lauderdale,
  • Jeremy L. Hsu – Winter Springs High School, Winter Springs
  • Chelsae R. Johansen – Bloomingdale Senior High School, Valrico
  • Rebecca Mock– Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach
  • Jay T. Pantone – Suncoast Community High School, Riviera Beach
  • Robert M. Parrish – Chamberlain High School, Tampa
  • Milton Perez – New World School of the Arts, Miami
  • Marguerite A. Timmel – Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa
  • Bret A. Voith – Gulliver Preparatory School, Miami
  • Ye Yao – Bartow High School International Baccalaureate Program, Bartow
  • Charles M. Zhu – C. Leon King High School, Tampa