WIESBADEN, Germany—Wiesbaden High School students Jaden Anderson, left, and Connor Buchheit have both been selected as candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program.
WIESBADEN, Germany—Wiesbaden High School students Jaden Anderson, left, and Connor Buchheit have both been selected as candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

WIESBADEN, Germany—Two Wiesbaden high school seniors have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.

Connor Buchheit and Jaden Anderson were chosen for outstanding performance on the American College Test Assessment or the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test. Their scores are 1590 for Buchheit and 1550 for Anderson.

“We are so proud of both Connor and Jaden for all their hard work. They are both outstanding individuals who selflessly dedicate their time to the school and the community in addition to their academics,” said High School Principal, Dr.Heather Ramaglia. “They work to better our school and ensure all students have a positive experience at Wiesbaden High School. They are so deserving of this honor.”

Buchheit said “My future plans are to go to university and get a chemical engineering degree and work with clean energy.”

Anderson said he plans to go back to the States upon graduation and “work towards a degree in either Math, Physics, or Chemistry.”

According to Paula Hicks, guidance secretary at Wiesbaden High School, both students have had to complete essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports, have copies of their transcripts and obtain principal approval to submit their application.

In addition, Buchheit has also received a Certificate of Merit by the National Merit Scholarship, and has advanced to finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hicks explained that Buchheit is 1 out of 15,000 students that advanced to finalist from semifinalist. He has received his Certificate of Merit in recognition of his outstanding performance in the competition. He will know later this month if he is a recipient of the National Merit Scholarships.

Anderson received a Letter of Commendation as he qualified, but did not advance to semifinalist.

The information on the national merit website states that each semifinalist submits a detailed scholarship application, which includes essays and information about extracurricular achievements, awards and leadership positions. Semifinalists also have to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test performance.

Students advance to finalist standing depending on the above criteria. By the conclusion of the competition, a select group of finalists are chosen to receive prestigious National Merit Scholarships totaling nearly $35 million.

Winners are the candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous university studies.

Scholarship winners represent fewer than 1 percent of the initial pool of student entrants, based on official statistics released by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.