BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Magnet High School senior, Celeste M. Runnels has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar for the state of Louisiana.
Each year, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects students from across the nation to be recognized based on their academic success, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high levels.
"Presidential Scholars demonstrate the accomplishments that can be made when students challenge themselves, set high standards, and commit themselves to excellence," said U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan. "Their academic and artistic achievements reflect a sense of purpose that we should seek to instill in all students."
This year's U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one female and one male student from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
"I congratulate Celeste Runnels for earning this national recognition, knowing that she truly represents the best and the brightest of our students across the district," says East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor Jr. "I also congratulate the faculty and staff at Baton Rouge Magnet High School for creating and fostering a rich learning environment in which students like Celeste can thrive and excel."
The U.S. Presidential Scholar program was created in 1964 and has honored nearly 7000 of the nation's top-performing students with the prestigious award presented to honorees during an annual ceremony in Washington D.C.