evan skaja webEvan Skaja, a senior at Maple Grove Senior High, has been named a candidate in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Inclusion in the program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

While at Maple Grove Senior High, Evan has participated in varsity football, club basketball, math team, Link Crew, National Honor Society, served as a peer tutor, taken 8 Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and taken classes at the University of Minnesota. He is interested in studying biomedical engineering.

Approximately 4,000 candidates have been selected from the nearly 3.3 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2016. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens chosen by the President, will narrow the field to 800 semifinalists in April. In May, the U.S. Department of Education will announce up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.