Foothill High School senior flutist Annie Wu has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Her selection was announced this week by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan 2014
Wu, 18, is one of three California high school seniors to be chosen as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and she is one of six California seniors in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar class.
This is the 50th class of Presidential Scholars. The class is comprised of a young man and woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from American families living abroad.
Scholars are chosen annually by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars appointed by President Barack Obama, based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
"They show all of us that when students challenge themselves and commit themselves to excellence, the results can be astounding," said Duncan. "These scholars will help move our country forward and will have a lasting impact on their families, communities and on our society."
All Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C. from June 22-25. On June 22, each scholar will receive a Presidential Scholar medallion. On June 23 at 8 p.m., the Scholars of the Arts specializing in dance, jazz, music, theater and voice, will perform for the public in "A Salute to the U.S. Presidential Scholars" that celebrates all the honorees.
Directing the performance will be Tony Award winner, dancer, choreographer and YoungArts artistic advisor Bill T. Jones.
A complete list of 2014 Presidential Scholars can be viewed online.
Presidential Scholars had the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. The teacher is given a personal letter from the Secretary of Education. Wu chose her flute teacher, Isabelle Chapuis, to receive this recognition.
During the summer, Wu will be touring with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The group of young musicians will travel coast to coast with stops including Carnegie Hall in New York and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
After graduating from Foothill, Wu will be attending a five-year dual degree program at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music, with plans to receive a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a master's degree in Music from New England Conservatory.