Magnolia alumnus Jasper Brey named a Presidential Scholar

Magnolia School alumnus and Maclay School senior Jasper Brey is one of only 141 students in the nation to be named to the 48th class of the Presidential Scholars. "Honoring Presidential Scholars is an important celebration of students showing the dedication, creativity and ambition to become future leaders," said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, in a news release. "As national, state and local leaders work side by side with principals, teachers, and parents to make our schools better, we can learn from the students all around us whose hard work and accomplishments embody the kind of excellence we want every child to achieve."

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 6,000 of the nation's top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. Since 1983, each Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to invite his or her most inspiring and challenging teacher to the annual ceremony where they are honored with a Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

The 2012 ceremony will be held June 16, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion. You can read the entire news release and see the list of scholars online.

Jasper's mother, Paige, is a language arts teacher at The Magnolia School, and his brother, Max, will graduate from Magnolia this year. Father Bill Brey, a scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, is a member of The Magnolia School Board of Directors.

The entire Magnolia School family congratulates Jasper!