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Two Mississippi students named 2016 Presidential Scholars

WASHINGTON, D. C (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Department of Education announced Thursday that two Mississippi students have been named 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selected Nathaniel Barlow, a senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus, and Emma Knight, a senior at Corinth High School in Corinth to receive the prestigious award.  

They are among 160 high school seniors nationwide who were selected on the basis of their accomplishments in academic and artistic success, leadership and involvement in school and the community.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored close to 7,000 of the nation's top-performing students according to a press release from the State Department of Education.  The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.

Barlow and Knight have been invited to travel to Washington, D.C. in June to participate in the National Recognition Program, which includes the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House sponsored ceremony.

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