BHS seniors named candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program


COLUMBIA — Two academically gifted Blythewood High School seniors, Swetha Sekhar and Adrienne Luedicke, have been selected as candidates for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

This honor is the latest in a long line of accomplishments for each student.

Sekhar ranks number one in the senior class at BHS, is a member of the BHS honors orchestra, the SC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Model United Nations, National Honors Society for Dance Arts, National Science Honors Society, National Social Studies Honors Society, National Beta Club and the Robotics Club.


Luedicke scored a perfect ACT score, a 1500 on the SAT, completed Physics 211 at USC and she is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She is ranked third in her class and scored a Platinum on the WIN Test. She has been a part of JROTC, served as academic team commander, and represented Blythewood High School at JCLC Leadership board with a rank of 2LT. Luedicke is also a member of the Robotics Club, the Rubiks Cube Club and academic clubs such as National Science Honors Society and National Math Honor Society and Beta Club.

In mid-April, the semifinalists will be named and the winners will be announced in early May and honored in Washington, D.C.

 Application to the program is by invitation only, and is based on students’ scores on the SAT or ACT exam, their broad academic achievement; academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, the performing arts or creative writing; or outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

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