Madison senior Amy Shan is one of 141 students across the nation who were named U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Shan is one of three South Dakota seniors who receive the honor this year. She listed William Thurow of Ramona as her most influential teacher. Other recipients are Tessa H. Myren of Pierre and Micah C. Shaffer of Sioux Falls.
As a presidential scholar, students are invited to Washington, D.C., June 16, where they are recognized for their academic achievements.
The Presidential Scholars program was created in 1964 and has honored more than 6,000 of the nation's top-performing students. Each honoree receives a Presidential Scholar Medallion. Typically, one male and one female from each state are recognized through this program. Another 15 at-large students are selected as well as 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts.