Beachwood High School senior Scott Remer is excited about the possibility of meeting President Barack Obama when he is recognized as the first U.S. Presidential Scholar in BHS history June 16 in Washington, D.C.
Remer, 18, was one of just two high school seniors from Ohio and 141 nationwide selected for the prestigious honor. Lisa Guo, of Solon High School, was the other Ohioan named.
“I was kind of stunned,” Remer said of his reaction to being chosen. “Obviously, it’s a very difficult thing to accomplish.
“Out of all the extremely deserving high school seniors, they picked me to be one of only 141. I’m very honored they chose me.”
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts.
Evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals are also considered.
A National Merit finalist, Remer co-founded Beachwood High School’s Young Democrats Club, so it’s clear he will support Obama in the November presidential election. He also writes a political opinion column for The Beachcomber, the school’s student newspaper.