Boston University Academy Students Named Candidates in Presidential Scholar Program

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(Boston) – Boston University Academy (BUA) seniors Michela Meister, daughter of Markus Meister and Elizabeth Gibb of Cambridge, MA, and Betsy Riley, daughter of Tim and Amy Riley of Belmont, MA, were recently named candidates for the 2010 Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from the nearly 3.2 million students expected to graduate from high schools across the United States in 2010. The Commission on Presidential Scholars will make its final Presidential Scholar selections in May. Those who are chosen will be invited to Washington, D.C. where they will receive the Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony.

“We are proud of Michela and pleased to see her being recognized for her hard work while a student here at BUA,” said Head of School Jim Berkman. “The Presidential Scholars program is impressive and I believe Michela is a strong candidate. Betsy is also so deserving of this honor, is a truly exceptional student and has worked very hard during her high school years here at BUA. She is also a highly valued leader of the Academy community, in many non-academic endeavors.”

The 3,000 candidates were selected based on superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities. Further consideration was based on the College Board SAT or ACT Assessment exams. The final selection of Scholars will be based on students’ essays, self-assessments, school recommendations and high school transcripts.

Boston University Academy is a small, day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit