(January 31, 2018, Carrollton, Georgia). Central High School Senior, Victoria Richardson, has been named a State Semi-Finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Victoria was named for her outstanding achievement in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Each year, only 161 students in the United States are selected to be Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, and descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.
Victoria has been a member of The FFA Organization since 2015 and currently serves as President of the Central High School chapter. She volunteers on the Cans for Cows Service Committee to combat local poverty and has competed in Land Judging, Livestock Evaluation, Forestry, Creed Speaking and Public Speaking Career Development Events.
In 2016, Victoria was named a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador and participated in the Governor’s Honors Program for Agricultural Science. She later earned a Georgia Certificate of Merit and is currently a member of the University of West Georgia’s STEM Team and Science Olympiad. Additionally, she served as a Central High School Junior Marshal and is a member of the Varsity Tennis Team.
In April, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will review semifinalist applications and select this year’s U.S. Presidential Scholars, to be honored by the National Recognition Program held in Washington D.C. in June.