Two Nevada Students Named 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars

May 13, 2022

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Two Nevada students were among the 161 high school seniors named U.S. Presidential Scholars, as announced today by the U.S. Department of Education. They are:

  • Jang Gun Choe, Clark High School - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Julianna E. Schneider, Davidson Academy of Nevada - Reno, Nevada

"It is my honor to congratulate Jang Gun Choe and Julianna E. Schneider for earning the prestigious recognition as Nevada's U.S. Presidential Scholars," said Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. "While this achievement recognizes the accomplishments of these students in academics, the arts, and leadership, it also demonstrates their drive and resilience as individuals. I look forward to celebrating many more accomplishments of these students in the future."

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today announced the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

"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 U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel 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."

"Nevada's U.S. Presidential Scholars have made remarkable achievements and represent the hardworking resiliency which personifies our great State," said Governor Steve Sisolak. "It is my honor to join Superintendent Ebert and Secretary Cardona in congratulating these fine students on their hard work and accomplishments."

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership.

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 or ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations and YoungArts, the National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists.

As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education. 

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,900 of the nation's top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer with an online recognition program. 

A complete list of 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars is available at




The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) leads and collaborates with Nevada's 17 school districts and the State Public Charter School Authority to advance educational equity Statewide. With offices in Carson City and Las Vegas, NDE oversees all pre-K-12 education in the State, working to achieve its mission to improve student achievement and educator effectiveness by ensuring opportunities, facilitating learning, and promoting excellence. Under the leadership of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, NDE impacts the achievement of nearly half a million children and 30,000 educators. Learn more at


Allegra Demerjian
Public Information Officer