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UCS senior named among nation’s top graduates
UCS senior named among nation’s top graduates
Posted on 04/22/2022
Sophia Meguid

Utica High School senior Sophia Meguid has been named among 620 semifinalists in the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Meguid was selected from more than 5,000 scholar candidates that were announced in January.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, now in its 58th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon high school seniors.

Scholars are selected based their accomplishments in many areas – academic and artistic success, accomplishment in career and technical fields, leadership, strong character and involvement in school and the community.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars program was established by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of the nation’s most distinguished seniors for the accomplishments in academics, leadership and service to school and community.

Meguid has long been active in both leadership and service, dating back to her work as a student council leader at Monfort Elementary, officer positions in National Junior Honor Society and Student Council at Shelby Junior High School, and as a founding member of a Student Mental Health Committee at Utica High School. 

She is currently a valedictorian at Utica High School where – in addition to her work advocating for mental health resources for students – she is a member of the school Key Club, the National Hispanic Honor Society, the National Honor Society, is a Senior-Sophomore Partnership (SSP) mentor and serves as captain of the varsity dance team. 

After graduation, she plans to pursue a career as a neurosurgeon or in a law-related field where she can continue her commitment to service and helping others at a university not yet decided. 

Meguid and other semifinalists were selected by a review panel of educators across the nation. The Community on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will honored in late June with an online National Recognition Program.