Oklahoma City high school graduate named Presidential Fellow

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — An Oklahoma City high school graduate was recently recognized as one of the top students in the nation when she was named a Presidential Scholar.

Aishwarya Swamidurai, a 2022 graduate of Northeast’s Classen School of Advanced Studies, was honored at the Oklahoma State Board of Education meeting on Thursday.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and the Oklahoma State Board of Education presented Swamidurai with a Presidential Commendation.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister (right) honors Aishwarya Swamidurai (left) for being named a Presidential Fellow. Image by OKCPS.

“I am delighted. It is such a great honor to be recognized in this way,” said Aishwarya Swamidurai. “I plan to go to Princeton University next year to major in politics or public affairs.”

US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said being named a Presidential Fellow was a great achievement.

“Our 2022 Presidential Scholars represent the best of America and remind us that when empowered through education, there are no limits to what our young people can achieve,” Cardona said. “I join President Biden in celebrating a class of scholars whose pursuit of knowledge, generosity of spirit and exceptional talents bring our nation immense pride. Throughout one of the most trying times of the history of our country and in the midst of our recovery from the pandemic, our students have once again demonstrated their strength and that they have so much to contribute to our country. Thanks to them, I know that the future of the America is radiant.

The Presidential Scholars program has honored more than 7,900 of the nation’s top students since 1964. The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 recognized 161 high school students for their achievement in the academic, artistic, vocational and technical fields, a news release from the schools public of Oklahoma City States.

OKCPS Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel congratulated Swamidurai on his accomplishment.

“We are very proud of Aishwarya and look forward to seeing what she does in the future. Seeing students like Aishwarya achieve their goals and dreams is why we as educators do what we do,” McDaniel said.

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