MOUNT Carmel School senior Victoria Nicole Santos has passed the preliminary selection for the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

In its email to Santos last week, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program office informed her that she is among the 625 semifinalists who have been selected from a pool of nearly 6,500 candidates.

She was told that the Commission on U.S. Presidential Scholars will soon complete its selection of the high school seniors who will be named as the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

The commission's choices will be announced in mid-May by the U.S. secretary of Education. All semifinalists will be notified of their status.

“The Commission appreciates your participation in the program and values your outstanding achievements, regardless of the final outcome of the competition. It is a great honor and an exceptional accomplishment to have reached the semifinalist phase in this highly selective and prestigious program,” the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program said in its letter to Santos.

 On behalf of the commission and the U.S. Department of Education, the office wished Santos “every success in the final selection phase.”

“Most of all, thank you for the creativity, discipline, and pursuit of excellence you have shown in your various endeavors, and for the inspiration your example provides to countless other young people,” the program office said.

“I never imagined how far my hard work would take me,” Santos said after earning her candidacy last month.

“I am truly blessed to have as many of the opportunities I have today and the support of my family, friends, and school community. It is truly humbling to earn as many of the achievements I have and I hope one day, I can give back to my community as it has already given so much to me,” Santos said.

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