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Ketaki Tavan '19 Is Presidential Scholar Candidate

Pingry senior Ketaki Tavan has been named one of approximately 4,500 candidates in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Pingry has two candidates in total.

Now in its 54th year, the program was established to recognize some of the country’s most distinguished seniors. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.

Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities. Ketaki has distinguished herself by balancing a rigorous course load with extracurricular involvement that has included: four-year member of the Honor Board, a student committee that promotes ethical behavior and adjudicates cases related to the School’s Honor Code; Co-Editor-in-Chief of Pingry’s student newspaper The Pingry Record; leading Pingry’s South Asian Affinity Group; tutoring fellow students through the School’s writing center; acting as a peer leader; and spending countless hours in service and community engagement through The Denan Project, a non-profit organization that provides health and development assistance to underserved people living in Peru, Mongolia, and Ethiopia.

A distinguished panel of educators will select 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars—a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President—will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

Contact: Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer