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Karthik Rohatgi Named 2014 Presidential Scholar

Karthik Rohatgi, Senior at The Davidson Academy of Nevada, a high school for academically advanced & gifted students, at the University of Nevada Reno campus, named a Presidential Scholar for 2014.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.  

At Davidson Academy, Karthik launched Farm Fresh For Kids (FFFK).  Farm Fresh for Kids aims to combat obesity by helping economically disadvantaged families consume more fresh fruits and vegetables, while also supporting local farmers.  Karthik talked about his Farm Fresh For Kids program on Ted Talks.  Click here to watch the video…

Karthik Rohatgi.  Picture – Reno Gazzette Journal

At Davidson, Karthik is a member of the Davidson Young Scholars Ambassador Program.  He was also instrumental in starting the Health and Social Justice Club at Davidson.

As a Presidential scholar, Karthik got the chance to name his most influential teacher.  Karthik chose Joshua Bahn of Davidson Academy who is also being honored with a personal letter from the secretary of education as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program’s Distinguished Teacher.

Academically talented and community volunteer Karthik is also a recipient of 2014 National Merit Scholarship to attend college of his choice.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects honored 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. Of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 3,900 candidates qualified for the 2014 awards. 

Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

The 2014 ceremony will be held June 22, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

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