CHS student named to Presidential Scholars Program

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Central High School Senior Aryan Shaik has been named a candidate for the prestigious 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of 163 students in the state, one of only three in West Texas, and the only candidate in the Concho Valley area, according to a San Angelo ISD statement on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

According to the statement, Aryan joins more than 5,000 college applicants nationwide selected from the nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from US high schools in 2022.

“The CHS is proud of Aryan and this incredible accomplishment! It represents everything our motto of ‘Central Can!’ represents,” said Central High School principal Bill Waters. “He is a true ambassador of our school! He is an exceptional young researcher who truly deserves this recognition. Inclusion in the program is one of the highest honors given to high school graduates nationwide. Aryan applicants and scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities. Not one to shy away from hard work, Aryan is currently balancing an intense course load in CHS of College Board Advanced Placement and dual credit courses including AP/Dual Credit English 4, AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, AP/Dual Credit Physics 2, Principles of AP Computing and AP Computing. AP/Dual Credit courses offer students the opportunity to tackle college-level work while still in high school and earn college credit and placement. He will also participate in two additional AP courses, which means that he will study the material independently in order to take tests for the two additional subjects.

“If you can set aside time to do the work, to keep working for your classes and stick to it, you will be successful,” Aryan said. “AP courses in general are fulfilling because they let you show off what you’ve learned, get credit for work you’ve done in the past year, and save money at school. university.” He expressed his gratitude to SAISD for offering AP and dual-credit courses, and hopes to enter college with 70-80 credit hours through his hard work and coursework.

Aryan exemplifies the attributes of the SAISD learner profile as a critical thinker, collaborator, creator, and communicator. He scored exceptionally high on his SAT and ACT tests, is very active in UIL academics, serves as president of the CHS chapter of the National Honor Society, and was a member of the varsity tennis team. CHS from his freshman year to junior year. Aryan credits his success and application to the program in part to his time management skills, the inspiration of his parents, and a cohesive and supportive effort from all his teachers throughout his high school and college experience at the SAISD.

“I was really surprised to learn that I was applying for the US Scholars Program. My parents were also surprised due to the very difficult nature,” Aryan said. “The advice I would give to other students to be successful is to communicate with the teachers. SAISD has amazing teachers. During my four years at Central and college, if I needed tutoring, they would support me.

Aryan is passionate about being part of the UIL academic team. He started with math his freshman year and then branched out into science, winning prizes like overall first place in science, top scores in chemistry and physics, and most recently at an academic meet in Abilene, placing first in two categories and third in one category at an academic meet in San Antonio. He competes both individually and as a CHS UIL team. In May of his freshman year 2021, Aryan placed first in the 11th grade division of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) STEM science competition. Aryan reflects on his experiences at UIL, the NHS and tennis as combining to help him get to where he is today, noting aspects like hard work, collaborating with UIL teammates and the other members of the NHS board, and instilling determination and perseverance.

After throwing on his cap in May at the CHS Class of 2022 graduation ceremony, Aryan plans to attend a four-year Texas college to major in a science like biology or physics as a step toward a plan. in the longer term to attend medical school. He doesn’t yet know what kind of medicine he would like to practice, but is dedicated to the medical field, saying, “I like the combination of service with the science that comes into play with medicine. I enjoy community service and giving back to the community.

Following his selection as a nominee, a panel of distinguished educators will review nominations to select the semi-finalists for the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars to be announced in mid-April, with the final Scholars announced in May.

ISD San ​​Angelo extends its proud congratulations to Aryan and salutes his dedication to hard work, lifelong learning, and community service, while exemplifying the attributes of the SAISD learner profile. We can’t wait to see his hopes and dreams take flight. SAISD also thanks our committed SAISD educators who have helped him along his educational journey from middle school through high school to develop and cultivate his talents to celebrate all the ways students are smart. To stay up to date on San Angelo ISD, please visit the SAISD website at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more about the US Scholarship Program

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduates for their achievements in many areas: academic achievement, leadership, and service to school and community. . It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating outstanding scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and achievement in professional and technical fields. To see the full list of 2022 applicants for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, click here.

Each year, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select approximately 600 semi-finalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 prominent citizens appointed by the president, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May. U.S. Presidential Scholars are honored for their achievements during the National Recognition Program each June. To commemorate their achievement, scholarship recipients receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion.

Since 1964, this unique federal program has honored nearly 8,000 U.S. Presidential Scholars, who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, artistic excellence, and selfless service to others. The work of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, on behalf of the President and his administration, reflects recognition of the immense value and potential of our nation’s youth, and a deep commitment to ensuring that every child in America receives the benefits of a world-class education.

Ryan H. Bowman