More than 4,100 students, selected from more than 3.2 million graduating seniors in America, were invited to submit applications to the program this year. Out of 565 semifinalists chosen from that pool, the Commission on U.S. Presidential Scholars will name 141 students as the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars.
“I’m pretty excited,” Gupta said.
“It’s an honor to be considered a semifinalist. Whatever happens in the final round happens.”
If chosen, he will travel to Washington, D.C., in June on an all-expense-paid trip to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at the White House.
Gupta plans to major in biomedical engineering at University of Southern California in the fall.
His interest in the field is due to involvement in a club that excited him even before he started at Tracy High School.
“When I was in elementary school at South/West Park School, Tracy High’s Scientifically Speaking came and did presentations,” Gupta, who is now president of the group, said. “That’s what got me interested in science itself.”
The final selection for the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be announced in May.
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