Reischmann, Willis Recognized for Exceptional Performance on ACT/SAT
St. Petersburg, FL (February 4, 2015) – Paul Reischmann and Jackson Willis, both graduating seniors at Shorecrest Preparatory School, have been named two of approximately 3,900 candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2015.
Reischmann and Willis are two of fewer than 100 candidates from Florida. Shorecrest is the only independent school in the Tampa Bay area with more than one candidate. Both students have been recognized because of their exceptional performance on the ACT/SAT.
According to Shorecrest Head of Upper School Tom Dillow, “Their exceptional test scores tell only half the story. Both Jackson and Paul are intensely curious about the world, and they show genuine empathy in seeking to understand the ideas of others. They’re also just really nice young men and are fun to be around. Shorecrest could not be better represented.”
Paul Reischmann has attended Shorecrest since kindergarten. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Semifinalist, a decorated varsity swimmer and plays saxophone in the Shorecrest concert and jazz bands. Reischmann holds a number of leadership roles at Shorecrest including his service as the Vice President of the Executive Student Council, founding member of the Honor Council, and Senior Mentor.
Jackson Willis has attended Shorecrest since junior kindergarten and has a special family legacy at the school. His father, Bob, is an alumnus, and mother, Sally, is a former Shorecrest teacher. Willis is an Eagle Scout and founding member of the Shorecrest Honor Council and he is pursuing the Global Scholars Initiative at Shorecrest. Willis has a passion for art and culture; he’s worked as a special intern to the Director of the Dali Museum and is an accomplished pianist.
About the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 51st year, 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.
Over 3,900 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. In addition, each Chief State School Officer (CSSO) was invited to nominate five male and five female candidates, based on their outstanding scholarship, residing in the CSSO’s jurisdiction. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 560 semifinalists in early April.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make final selection of the Scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.
Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.
For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, parents and students can call the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office at 319-688-4345, or email PSP@act.org.
Founded in 1923, Shorecrest Preparatory School is a PK(3) through 12th grade independent school located in Tampa Bay. By offering its families choice, support, and balance, Shorecrest graduates empathetic, independent thinkers who succeed at the university level, pursue their passions, and lead purposeful lives. Learn more at www.shorecrest.org