INDIANAPOLIS — Four FFA members were recently named U.S. Presidential Scholars—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students—for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education. Each year, up to 161 students receive this honor.
The FFA members named as scholars are:
Karen Netto, MOT Charter FFA, Delaware
Kayla McKenzie Moore, East Rutherford FFA, North Carolina
Brighton E. Snow, Washington FFA, Oklahoma
Cameron David Pokorny, Waupun FFA, Wisconsin
Established in 1964 by executive order of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the U.S. Presidential Scholars program was created to recognize the nation’s most distinguished high school graduating seniors. In 2015, the program was expanded to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education.
The 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of two students from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large. There are also 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education.
Overseen by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, the program is administered by staff at the U.S. Department of Education. The commission selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service and leadership.
“This recognition demonstrates the students’ ability to excel in their academic performance while making a positive difference in their schools and communities,” said National FFA CEO Scott Stump. “As an FFA member, these students have gone above and beyond set expectations. They are living out the mission and vision of the organization each day; they are our future leaders. We are immensely proud of their accomplishments.”
The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer with an online recognition program.
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 735,000 student members as part of 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
–National FFA Organization