Two Idaho high school students have been named U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2012. Casey Davis of Idaho Falls and Katherine Waltar of Post Falls were chosen by a White House commission for their excellence in academics, arts, leadership, citizenship, service, and contributions to school and community. Waltar’s principal at Coeur D’Alene Charter Academy says that list of qualifications defines her character. Dan Nicklay says Waltar is always smiling even when working hard and she’s almost always working hard.
The two are among 141 students selected for the annual award. More than three thousand students qualify for the first round based solely on SAT and ACT scores.
Casey Davis says he believes the essays he wrote helped him stand out among the pack of high achievers. In particular he had to write about a favorite possession. He wrote about a chess set he got on a trip to China and the life lessons he learned while he was there. Winners are invited to attend a ceremony in Washington D.C. and are invited to bring their most challenging and inspiring teacher.