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Grandview Senior Elizabeth Buckley One of 33 Florida Students Named US Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

April 29, 2021
By Grandview Communications

April 29, 2021 | Boca Raton, FL- Grandview senior Elizabeth “Elle” Buckley has been selected as a 2021 Semifinalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, as announced by the office of U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona.

The 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. It was expanded in 1979 to recognized students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. And in 2015, the program was extended once again to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. U.S. Presidential Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.

Scholars are chosen on the basis of students’ accomplishments in many areas; academic and artistic success, leadership, and involvement in school and the community, and represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. Buckley was one of only 33 semifinalists chosen in the state of Florida. There are 625 in total this year across the nation.

Buckley earned a perfect SAT score in 2020 and has maintained a perfect GPA during her time in Upper School and dual enrollment at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Buckley is also “deeply committed to advancing the causes of justice, democracy, and liberty.”

Recent accomplishments include:

  • Two-time alumnus of the ACLU Advocacy Institute
  • Named “Young Justice Nerd" by the Center for Policing Equity (CPE) and Google.org
  • Received the “Spirit of the Barb Schmidt Fellowship Award” while a fellow at FAU
  • Internship with Florida Senator Lori Berman
  • Co-founder of Grandview’s Activism Club
  • Grandview SGA President (2020-21)
  • National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2021 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer. If circumstances permit, scholars will be invited to Washington D.C. to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities. Congratulations Elle!

For a full list of 2021 semi-finalists for the Presidential Scholarship Program, click HERE

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