One of the nation's highest honors for high school students is being awarded to six New Jersey students, and dozens of other students across the U.S.

The 59th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars recognizes 161 high school seniors, out of 3.7 million that are graduating nationwide, for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

"U.S. Presidential Scholars have always represented the future of our country and the bright promise it holds," said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. "I want each of these remarkable students to know: your passion and intellect, pursuit of excellence, and spirit of service are exactly what our country needs."

This year's list includes at least one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad.

Only California produced more than U.S. Presidential Scholars than New Jersey in 2023.

This year's class will be recognized this summer with an online program.

New Jersey's U.S. Presidential Scholars, 2023

  • Sebastián N. Anderson (Ho-Ho-Kus), Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale
  • Camryn Nicole Bartone (Howell), Freehold Township High School, Freehold
  • Katherine Chen (Mountain Lakes), Mountain Lakes High School, Mountain Lakes
  • Andrew C. Noviello (Bridgewater), Lawrenceville High School, Lawrenceville
  • Ian Liu (Cedar Knolls), Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, New York
  • Christopher Y. Shin (Cherry Hill), Cherry Hill High School East, Cherry Hill

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