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Byram Hills High School Senior Named Semifinalist in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Byram Hills High School is proud to announce that senior Julia Lucchino has advanced to become a semifinalist in the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

JuliaByram Hills High School is proud to announce that senior Julia Lucchino has advanced to become a semifinalist in the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Julia is one of 620 semifinalists chosen from more than 5,000 candidates. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, created in 1964, recognizes and honors some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

“We are incredibly proud of Julia and everything she has accomplished at Byram Hills,” Principal Christopher Walsh said. “She is a dedicated student and well-deserving of this honor. Congratulations on this terrific accomplishment.”

At Byram Hills, Julia is a member of the Cum Laude Society, which recognizes outstanding academic excellence; president of Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor society, and last year she won the Harvard Prize Book Award, which honors high school juniors for excellent scholarship and character. She is also a member of the Authentic Scientific Research Program, a teaching assistant in AP Computer Science A and president of the Tech Club.

Julia was happy - and surprised - to be named a semifinalist.

“I’m very proud of it,” she said. “It’s nice to be recognized for my achievements.”

Julia plans to major in mathematics at Vanderbilt University. 

Up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars each year. The Commission on U.S. Presidential Scholars will choose the scholars, who will be announced in mid-May by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona. The scholars are recognized during the National Recognition Program and awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion each June.