On Thursday, April 19, St. Patrick Catholic High School Senior Tyler A. Jackson was named a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Jackson is the son of Mr. Gary Jackson and Mrs. Linda Jackson of Gulfport. Only six students from Mississippi were named semifinalists.
Eligibility for the Program requires that students score exceptionally well on either the SAT of the College Board or the ACT of the American College Testing Program, based on tests taken during the two-year window that begins in September, 2015 and runs through October, 2017, (for the recognition cycle concluding in June, 2018), that each be nominated by their Chief State School Officer (CSSO) or nominated by one of our partner recognition organizations based on outstanding scholarship. Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is by invitation only.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The names of the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be posted in early May.
St. Patrick Catholic High School is a faith-based, college preparatory high school in Biloxi, Mississippi. Established in 2007, St. Patrick is the premier secondary educational institution in South Mississippi and strives each day to Educate Scholars, Train Disciples, and Support Champions. St. Patrick is proud to report a 99% college matriculation rate, ACT and SAT scores that far exceed the state and national averages, and a rich history of Catholic education founded in the traditional roots of our legacy schools of St. John High School, Mercy Cross High School, Notre Dame High School, and Sacred Heart Academy.