Wayzata High School seniors Rohit Agrawal and Lauren Urke were named semi-finalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholar program and are two of nine semi-finalists from Minnesota.

They were chosen based on their accomplishments in many areas including academic and/or artistic success, leadership and involvement in school and the community and represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.

Agrawal and Urke were two of six students nominated from WHS for the honor including seniors Samantha Carter, Rebecca Dryer, Michael Neaton and Amy Wen.

Finalists in the program will be named in early May. In April, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will review the applications of all semi-finalists and select up to 121 academic scholars and up to 20 arts scholars. All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the national recognition weekend, held in June in Washington, D.C. During this trip, Presidential Scholars are guests of the commission and enjoy an expense-paid trip to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people. Scholars have the opportunity to visit museums and monuments and to attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies. To commemorate their achievement, the scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.