Local Seniors Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Candidates Four students from high schools located in Woodstock have been named candidates for the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars Program: Reilly Amason, Nicholas Audinet, and Annelise Axelsson of River Ridge HS, and Sophia Abbott of Woodstock HS. The seniors are among the 4,000 best and brightest of more than 3 million 2021 graduates. They can now advance in the academic competition.“We look forward to seeing these students advance in the competition and will be rooting for them to earn the highest honors,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Presidential Scholars Program in 1964 to honor and recognize extraordinary graduating seniors. Candidates for the invitation-only recognition program are primarily selected based on outstanding performance on the ACT or SAT exams. The next level of recognition is semi-finalist, and the pool of candidates will be narrowed, as the applications they are required to submit are reviewed for overall academic excellence, personal character, leadership, and service activities. Last school year, 700 semi-finalist Scholars were named, and from that group, only 161 students were honored as finalists. Scholars receive national recognition and are invited to an all-expenses paid trip to the White House.