Whitefish Bay High School senior Emma Fallone is one of about 40 Wisconsin high school students and more than 3,000 students across the country to be nominated for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Fallone was selected from nearly 3.2 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
In addition to her high academic achievements, Fallone ran varsity cross country all four years and was one of the captains of the team in the fall. She is also a member of the varsity track team. She is also one of the editors of the high school literary magazine, "Out of the Blue" and participates in the varsity math team.
Fallone has been accepted at Yale University in New Haven, CN where she plans to study history.
A panel of educators will review the 3,000 candidate submissions and select 500 semi-finalists in early April.
As part of the application that Emma is completing for the next level of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, she has chosen Dave Johnson as the teacher who has most influenced and positively impacted her education at Whitefish Bay High School. She has taken three classes with Mr. Johnson: U.S. History, Economics, and Leadership for Social Justice.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of 32 eminent citizens appointed by the president, will make final selection of the scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts.
The U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May.