LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three Nevada high schoolers have earned the prestigious title of Presidential Scholar from the U.S. Department of Education.

Two students from Las Vegas and one from Henderson are among 141 teenagers across the country chosen for outstanding test scores, essays, grades, and community service commitments.

The Nevada winners include Caolinn Mejza, who attends the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing & Visual Arts, Sharon Fang of Clark High School, and Justin Joseph of Valley High School.

Each year’s scholars are chosen by The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by President Barack Obama. Only 3,300 students nationwide qualified for the award based on SAT or ACT scores, nominations and an art competition.

Winners will receive a medallion at a ceremony June 16 in Washington, D.C.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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