By Denise DuBois
Central High School senior Banks Stamp has been named a Career and Technical Education candidate in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The program distinguishes seniors in their fields for academic success, leadership and service to school and community.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. It’s really meaningful to see how hard work and determination can lead to opportunities I didn’t think were possible,” Stamp said.
Stamp is the first Vice President and Secretary for Alabama HOSA: Future Health Professionals. He is and has been the Central High Class of 2019 President since his freshman year. He is the BETA Club Secretary. Finally, Stamp carries a 4.35 weighted GPA and is ranked at the top in his class.
From the program candidates, 161 scholars will be announced in May. Of those, up to 20 will be selected in Stamp’s area of Career and Technical Education. They will be chosen by a group of 32 citizens appointed by the President.
“I’d strongly encourage any student to always pursue their dreams and remember that at the end of the day, it’s not about the titles but the impact that we have on our communities. Compassion for others is what will heal our nation and the world,” Stamp said.
When Stamp graduates in May, he will attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham to major in neuroscience with a minor in public health. He is the son of Jason and Amy Stamp.
About the U.S. Presidential Scholars
Each year, up to 161 students are named as U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. In honoring the U.S. Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.
Students have the opportunity to become U.S. Presidential Scholars based on three paths of accomplishment. The majority of the Scholars are selected on the basis of broad academic achievement. Approximately twenty students are selected on the basis of their academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, the performing arts, or creative writing. And approximately twenty additional students are selected on the basis of their ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
Each year over 4,500 candidates are identified for the component of the program that focuses on academic achievement and based on having scored exceptionally well on the SAT or the ACT. Eligible students are U.S. citizens and legal permanent U.S. residents graduating or receiving a diploma between January and August of the current program year, who have taken the SAT or ACT Assessment on or before the preceding October. Students meeting these requirements are automatically considered for participation. Initial inclusion in the pool of eligible candidates is determined by the information (e.g. graduation year) provided by the student on his/her SAT or ACT test registration. Also, each Chief State School Officer (CSSO) may nominate ten male and ten female candidates based on their outstanding scholarship, residing in the CSSO’s jurisdiction. Additionally, the program is partnering with several recognition organizations that will each nominate up to 40 candidates from their individual programs.
For the career and technical education component of the Program, students are initially selected based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields. Students are nominated through their Chief State School Officer. Each CSSO can nominate up to five candidates who meet the U.S. Presidential Scholars candidacy requirements. Candidacy materials are mailed to the selected students, and they are invited to apply to the program.