Tyler Gerth, a senior at Bartlesville high School, has been named one of more than 4,000 candidates in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2017. Tyler has the opportunity to be one of 800 semifinalists named in April and one of 161 Scholars named in May.
Tyler has previously been recognized as a National Merit Commended Student and is a member of the school's state champion cross country team. He is the son of Terry and Karen Gerth.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, now in its 53rd year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities.
800 semifinalists will be selected in early April by a distinguished panel of educators. The 32-member Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by the President, will select the finalists. In May up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be announced. One boy and one girl are selected from each state. About 20 additional scholars are recognized for exceptional talent in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing. A final 20 additional scholars are selected for the ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
All candidates complete and submit candidacy materials for review, including essays, self-assessments, and secondary school reports and transcripts. The Scholars enjoy an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June and receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.
Since the program began in 1964, more than 7,000 U.S. Presidential Scholars have been recognized. Granger Meador, who has taught physics for 28 years at Bartlesville High School, was named a 1984 U.S. Presidential Scholar by President Ronald Reagan.
Past Bartlesville students selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars include: