Nicholas Henriquez, 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Topeka Public Schools has another U.S. Presidential Scholar. Nicholas Henriquez was selected as one of only 141 students in the country to be named a U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Honored scholars are selected on the basis of their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations, community service and leadership skills.
Henriquez, a senior at Topeka High School, has numerous honors. He is a National Merit Scholar, a National Achievement Scholar and he had a perfect ACT score. Henriquez plans to attend Yale University.
Each Presidential Scholar can name a teacher who inspired or challenged them. Henriquez chose Topeka High teacher Kirsten Nelson as his most influential teacher. The two will attend an award ceremony in Washington D.C. next month.
Topeka High School has now had a U.S. Presidential Scholar the past two years. Sam Teeter was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts last year. Before Teeter, the last time Topeka High School had a Presidential Scholar was in 1996.