- Cheltenham School District
CHS Senior Lionel Smoler Schatz Named Candidate for United States Presidential Scholars Program
Cheltenham senior Lionel Smoler Schatz has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates nationwide selected as a candidate for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high schools in the United States in 2019.
Inclusion in the 54-year-old U.S. Presidential Scholars Program 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.
Ranked in the top 1 percent of his class with a 4.0 GPA (5.24 weighted), Smoler Schatz is the treasurer for the CHS Student Council and served as captain of the Panthers boys soccer team this fall. In addition to serving on student council, Smoler Schatz claims a leadership role on a high school committee focusing on improving school climate. He was a student representative on this fall’s athletic director hiring.
The son of Nancy Smoler and Howard Schatz of Elkins Park, Smoler Schatz took first place in the Behavioral Science category at the 2018 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Award (PJAS) for his research on normative social influence. He’s been a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies since 2015.
On the soccer field, Smoler Schatz was a three-year varsity player for Cheltenham and earned Suburban One League Honorable Mention in 2018. Since 2015, he’s also played on the Future Players Academy Premier Travel Soccer Team, which was consistently ranked among the top teams in the nation in 2017-2018
A distinguished panel of educators review submissions and select 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission 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.
Each year, up to 161 scholars are chosen from among that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. All scholars are invited to Washington, D.C., in June for the National Recognition program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.