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Lafayette High School (LHS) seniors, Patrick Chu and Oliver Craddock, have been named candidates inthe 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.Established in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors the most eminentgraduating high school seniors in the country. Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, leadership qualities, and strong character - as well as service to their community.Chu and Craddock are both National Merit Finalists. Chu is the Lafayette Parish School System Student ofthe Year as well as the President of the Youth and Government Club, Beta Club, and theMayor-President Youth Advisory Council. He plans to attend Yale University, majoring in ethics, politics, and economics. Craddock is an accomplished linebacker for the LHS Football team, garnering honors onthe All-State, All-State Academic, All-District, and All-Acadiana teams. He intends to major in economicsand political science. LHS Principal Dr. Rachel Brown states, “Patrick has blazed a trail with his courageous voice and eager callto action. He challenges the norm and his impact permeates our school population. He encompasseswhat it means to be an LHS lion. Oliver has dedicated himself to high achievement with heart. Hisadmirable character shows in his work, his play, and his service. Oliver is an asset to our campuscommunity; we are proud to have him as a lion leader. These gentlemen exude the mission of LHS andare deserving of this honor. I am thrilled that their hard work is being recognized on a national level.”Nearly 4,500 students nationwide are identified by the U.S. Department of Education for this distinctioneach year. A national committee of educators will choose about 500 semifinalists in late March. Thefinal selection of 121 students will take place in April by the Commission on Presidential Scholars.The finalists receive a trip to Washington, D.C., where they participate in numerous events and activities,including the presentation of a U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion.