Corey Matzat, a Branson High School senior, has been named one of more than 3,000 candidates who will graduate this spring and is up for consideration to be named a 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Inclusion in this program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors.
Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
Candidates for Presidential Scholars consideration will be critiqued on SAT and ACT scores; submitted essays; self assessments; activities; school recommendations and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in April from among the 3,000 candidates nominated.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 distinguished citizens appointed by President Obama, will make the final selection. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state to be named Presidential Scholars. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. They will travel to Washington D.C. in June for the recognition ceremony.
Corey is the son of Eric and Cynthia Matzat. He plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia after graduation.