Mountlake Terrace High School senior Haeley Johnston has been named one of 689 semifinalists in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, an honor given to upwards of 161 graduating high school seniors nationwide on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
The 689 national semifinalists were chosen from nearly 4,700 candidates in the program.
The finalists will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of 32 appointees by President Barack Obama. The finalists will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in May.
Johnston has been selected as a scholars program semifinalist in the category of Career and Technical Education. The senior has already collected numerous honors throughout her middle and high school career for her studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields and her work in the Technology Student Association (TSA). This school year she has served as the President of the Washington state branch of the TSA.
–By Doug Petrowski