Seki Named 2006 Presidential Scholar

July 1, 2006

Scott Seki has been selected as one of Hawaii’s two Presidential Scholars for 2006.

A very well-rounded young man, known for his sense of humor, Scott’s interests are wide-ranging and his talents run deep.

He founded a Barber Shop quartet that performs for service clubs around the island; he is a member of the Punahou varsity golf team and the math team. He's been active in student government, and was the captain of the Japan quiz bowl team. As a volunteer, he has worked at the physical Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. Scott is also a National Merit Scholar. He plans to attend Stanford University this fall.

The Presidential Scholars program began in 1964 to provide leadership development and fellowship and recognize and honor some of our Nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, a new category was added to the program to recognize exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. The Presidential Scholars program is one of the Nation's highest honors for high school students.

Eligibility in the academic component is based on exceptional performance on SAT tests as well as candidate-submitted essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports, and transcripts. Academic achievement, personal characteristics, and leadership and service activities are also considered.

Since the inception of the Presidential Scholar program, Punahou students have received 22 awards as well as three Presidential Scholar for the Arts awards. Since 1986, eleven Punahou teachers have been recognized.

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