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Haynes Academy Valedictorian Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Semifinalist

Diensn Xing

Diensen Xing has yet another accolade to add to his list of accomplishments. The recent Haynes Academy graduate is one of 630 semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Semifinalists were selected from nearly 5,300 high school seniors across the nation.

Xing is the current Haynes Academy Student of the Year and valedictorian for the school’s class of 2018. He’s a National Merit Finalist who scored a perfect 36 on his ACT as a junior. Xing plans to attend LSU and major in engineering.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars 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. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.