Fort Worth Country Day Senior Is U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) senior Henry Lynn has been named a candidate in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Lynn is the only student from Fort Worth and one of only 140 students from Texas selected for candidacy out of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2021.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established by executive order of the President to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected based on superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities.
Lynn has been a student at FWCD since the sixth grade. Committed to FWCD’s “three A’s” (academics, arts and athletics), Lynn has excelled academically, played bass in the FWCD orchestra for the past seven years, and has been a member of the cross country and track teams throughout all four years of high school. Across both sports, he is a six-time Most Valuable Player, earned Southwest Preparatory Conference honors, and was named to the All-Zone list three times.
“I have really enjoyed getting to know Henry in his years at Country Day,” said Eric Lombardi, head of school at FWCD. “I have watched him train for and cross the finish line at races, usually in the top five. I have heard him play the bass in our orchestra. Perhaps a highlight of the classes I have seen Henry in is music theory, in which he was explaining the techniques he used in composing a fugue as assigned. Henry is a young man with many interests and high expectations for himself, and of wonderfully exemplary character. We are exceptionally proud of him for being named among the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.”
Established in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year’s senior class, representing excellence and dedication and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.
If circumstances permit, all Scholars are invited to Washington, D.C., in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.