Remer is Beachwood's 1st Presidential Scholar
High School senior Scott Remer is one of two Ohioans and just 141 high school
seniors nationwide to be recognized in the 48th class of Presidential Scholars,
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced On May 2. The Presidential
Scholars program recognizes high school seniors for their accomplishments in
academics or the arts.
Remer is the first Presidential Scholar in
Beachwood's history. The Yale-bound senior was named a National Merit Finalist and
is the captain of Beachwood’s Academic Challenge team. The winner of numerous
essay and other writing contests, he is the fourth-year president of BHS’s
ecology club and co-founder of the Chinese cultural club. After participating
in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the then-sophomore Remer published his book "Words
of Wisdom: Keys to Success in the Scripps National Spelling Bee," a
292-page guide he spent 16 months writing.
be presented with his Presidential Scholar Medallion at a ceremony in
Washington, D.C., on June 16.
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. Of
the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year,
more than 3,300 candidates qualified for the 2012 awards determined by
outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through
nominations made by Chief State School Officers or the National Foundation for
Advancement in the Arts nationwide YoungArts™ competition.
The 2012 Presidential Scholars comprise one
young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and
Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen
at-large and 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
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.
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. Remer selected Beachwood High School English teacher Peter Harvan.