UPDATE: Hope has received confirmation that she is now at the semifinalist stage of the Presidential Scholars Program!
NDA senior and National Merit Commended Student, Hope Thayer was previously selected as a candidate of the Presidential Scholars Program for the United States Presidential Scholars Program by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education. Hope is in NDA’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program. Through her IB Math class, she has become a member of the Global Student Council, giving her the opportunity to collaborate with other students across the globe. She would like to study biomedical engineering at The University of Michigan. Her other IB studies have included physics, theater, math, history, Spanish, and English.
Hope is the founder and president of the NDA Maker Club and is president of NDA’s American Sign Language Club. A multi-year state and national speech qualifier, she is on NDA’s Executive Student Council, is student director of school theater productions, and has played JV tennis for two years.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually 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. Created in 1964, the United States Presidential Scholars Program honors the nation’s top-performing students with this prestigious award that has been expanded to also recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent and ability in in the visual, literary and performing arts and career and technical education fields.