LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Miguel Cardona, the United States secretary of education, announced the 58th U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Of the 161 high school seniors nationwide that are recognized for their accomplishments, the two Kentucky scholars both hail from Lexington. The two Kentucky scholars are:

  • Grayson N. Kemplin, Henry Clay High School
  • McKenna Sun, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

“Our 2022 Presidential Scholars represent the best of America, and remind us that when empowered by education, there are no limits to what our young people can achieve,” said Cardona. “Today, I join President Biden to celebrate a class of scholars whose pursuit of knowledge, generosity of spirit, and exceptional talents bring our nation tremendous pride. Throughout one of the most trying periods in our nation’s history and amid our recovery from the pandemic, our students have once again demonstrated their strength and that they have so much to contribute to our country. Thanks to them, I know America’s future is bright.”

To put into context how significant the award is, look at the numbers.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Education, there are 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year. Based on a set of qualifying factors there are more than 5,000 students selected for the 2022 awards. Of those qualifying students, only 161 were chosen to be presidential scholars.

The 2022 presidential scholars will be recognized for their outstanding achievement through an online recognition program this summer.

A complete list of 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars is available at http://www.ed.gov/psp