South Carroll High School senior John McAninley has been selected as a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholars Program, according to a Carroll County Public Schools news release.

The program recognizes distinguished graduating high school seniors who represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. Students must demonstrate accomplishments in academic success, leadership, and involvement in school and the community.

“John is an all-around model student,” Jeff Hopkins, principal at South Carroll, said in a statement. “Not only does he excel in the classroom, he is also involved in athletics and extra-curricular activities.”

John was recently named one of two National Merit Scholar Finalists from South Carroll.

About 560 candidates will be named semifinalists based on submitted essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports, and transcripts. A review committee will evaluate candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of their essay.

Scholars will be invited to Washington in June to participate in the National Recognition Program, which includes many enrichment activities and events and culminates with the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a ceremony sponsored by the White House.