Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Senior Annie Wu has been named a prestigious 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar as selected by a special  White House commission.

Annie is among 141 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community. The scholars will be honored in Washington, D.C., in late June.

Honorees are chosen based on academic success, artistic skills, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as community service, leadership and a demonstrated commitment to high ideals. More than 3,900 students qualified based on SAT or ACT exam scores and then nominated by state school officers or through the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide competition.

One male and one female student are chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. families living abroad. There are also 15 at-large honorees and 20 scholars in the arts. Annie is among the scholars chosen specifically for the arts.

Annie, who has won multiple awards as a flutist, was nominated by flute teacher Isabelle Chapuis of Los Altos. There are six California scholars with three of them being arts scholars.

Annie will tour this summer with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. In the fall, she plans to start a dual five-year program at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Her goal is to get a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a master's degree from the conservatory.

Posted Monday, May 12, 2014