Horizon, Paradise Valley seniors named U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates

Mac McGraw and Tania Domenzain-Vera (Submitted photo)

Tania Domenzain-Vera, a senior at Horizon High School, and Mac McGraw, a senior at Paradise Valley High School, have been selected as candidates for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Students from across the U.S. are selected by invitation based only on their SAT or ACT exam scores to apply for the U.S. Presidential Scholars, according to a press release.

Students have the opportunity to become presidential scholars based on three paths of accomplishments: general, arts and career and technical education (CTE).

“I am honored and humbled to be a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, an opportunity that will enable me to continue my education with the desire to apply the knowledge and skills I acquire for the betterment of society,” Ms. Domenzain-Vera said in a prepared statement.

Mr. McGraw is one of five Arizona students nominated for the CTE Presidential Scholars Award, a release states.

“Getting nominated as a Presidential Scholarship Candidate on behalf of my state is extraordinary,” he said. “I am grateful for Arizona and everything this state has given me. This is my opportunity to return the favor.”

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, Feb. 26. Semifinalists are notified in mid-April and scholars are notified in May.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

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