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Las Cruces High School senior Neha Chellasamy has been named one of more than 5,000 candidates in the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program (PSP), LCHS and PSP said in a news release.
Neha and the other candidates were chosen from nearly 3.6 million students who are expected to graduate from high schools in the United States in 2023, PSP said.
Neha is interested in pursuing medicine and has been admitted to the University of New Mexico BA MD program, her family said.
“Inclusion in PSP is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors,” PSP said. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.”
PSP was established in 1964. It was expanded in 1979 and again in 2015 to provide recognition to students in more areas of academic achievement, including the performing arts and career and technical fields.
Up to 161 presidential scholars are chosen each year. A panel of educators will review submissions and chosen about 600 PSP semifinalists in April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by the president of the United States, will select the finalists, who will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in May and honored for their accomplishments in June.
Neha’s parents are Ramesh Chinnasamy and Kanaka Chelliah.