Alan Chang, a senior at Byram Hills High School, has been named a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
The program, now in its 55th year, is one of the most selective honors presented to graduating seniors. Scholars are selected based on superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership, strong character and community and school involvement.
Alan is one of 621 semifinalists chosen from nearly 5,300 students.
“It is such a humbling honor to be recognized as a U.S. Presidential Scholar semifinalist,” said Alan, 18. “I would like to thank all of the Byram Hills faculty and my family for supporting me through all of high school. I would not have received this honor without them.”
Alan has earned many academic accolades and is deeply involved in his school and community.
His achievements include being named a semifinalist in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search, a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition, a National AP Scholar and he was inducted into the Byram Hills chapter of the Cum Laude Society.
He is co-president of the Interact Club, a community service group; co-captain of the Math Team; co-president of Science Olympiad; co-president of Mock Trial; secretary of eNable, a community service club; and he was co-captain of the swim team junior and senior years.
"Congratulations to Alan Chang,” Byram Hills High School Principal Christopher Walsh said. “We are incredibly proud of all that he has done during his time at Byram Hills. He is so deserving of this recognition."
Alan plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
The U.S. Education Department plans to announce the 161 finalists in May. The Presidential Scholars will be invited to Washington to receive the Presidential Scholar medallion at a recognition ceremony in June.