Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley. Photo courtesy of the school

A pair of San Diego County students were named Presidential Scholars Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

Canyon Crest Academy seniors Anne Liu and Michael Chen are among 10 California students to be honored as national scholars for academic excellence. The Department of Education named a total of 161 high school seniors to the 55th class of Presidential Scholars.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars chooses each annual class based on their academic achievements as well as their demonstrated community service and leadership. More than 5,200 students qualified for this year’s class, according to the Department of Education. Candidates either qualified through their SAT and ACT scores or were nominated by each state’s education officials.

The Department of Education and the White House will honor the Presidential Scholar class next month in Washington, D.C. Each student will receive a U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion during the ceremony.

“I want to congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars on their achievement both inside of the classroom and out,” said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “Their hard work and commitment to excellence, no matter what challenge they are tackling, will serve them well throughout their lifelong learning journeys.”

–City News Service

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