CHS Student Nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Cameron High School senior Jordan Dotson has been selected as a candidate for the prestigious United States Presidential Scholars Program.

Established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors distinguished graduating high school seniors. While students are automatically eligible for nomination during their senior year of high school, each must qualify in one of the three paths to be considered: General Component, Arts Component and CTE Component.

Dotson was chosen based on her Career & Technical Education (CTE) accomplishments at CHS. Dotson is also a stand-out, both locally and statewide, for her participation and performance in the 4-H and FFA organizations. She will be a dual CTE Completer who is enrolled in the Agribusiness and Plant Systems programs. Dotson is one of only five CTE students to qualify in West Virginia, being the only scholar in the northern panhandle to represent Career & Technical Education.

All CTE students must be endorsed by their Chief State School Officer. Dotson was recommended by Dr. Steven Paine, West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools, for the national accolade. The nomination, however, is just the first step in the program’s process.

Nominees go through a lengthy application procedure. Students submit essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and
transcripts to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Applicants are then evaluated on academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership, service, extracurricular activities and essay content.

Approximately 800 students will qualify as semifinalists of one of the Nation’s highest honors for students. Those names will be disclosed the week of April 13, 2020.

The next step is for the Commission of Presidential Scholars to review the applications of all semifinalists based on the same criteria used by the review committee. The Commission will select up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars and announce the winners the week of May 4, 2020.

In honoring the U.S. Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential. The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be invited to Washington D.C. in June to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion during a ceremony sponsored by the White House.