An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Haley Z. ’22 has been named a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Haley is one of 161 American high school seniors that have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, technical expertise, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,900 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award. The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer and receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

Each Presidential Scholar is offered the opportunity to name their most influential teacher; Haley named Lakeside Upper School English teacher Erik Christensen, with whom she studied Chaos Theory & Literature and Fiction Writing as a senior, and English 10 as a sophomore. Reflecting on Christensen as a teacher, Haley wrote: “Few English literature teachers can say that English is actually their fourth language — maybe only Mr. Christensen. If my life were a novel, he would be pointing out the metaphor there: of all the teachers I’ve had, he’s most willing to think outside the box and push his students to look at books in new ways. In his classes, we’ve read far outside the typical English class canon. Sophomore year, it was one of Terry Pratchett’s comic fantasy novels; last semester, it was the experimental science fiction of Jorge Luis Borges and Ted Chiang. … His classes are sometimes uproariously funny and sometimes mind-bending, but never conventional or boring.”

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Of the 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,000 candidates qualified for the 2022 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts™ competition.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars include one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad; as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.