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3 Arizona high school seniors named 2021 Presidential Scholars

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PHOENIX — The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that three high school students in metro Phoenix have been named 2021 Presidential Scholars.

Suhani Patel from Mountain Ridge High School, Viraj Mehta from BASIS Scottsdale Charter and Danielle Sherman from Desert Mountain High School were among the 161 high school students across the nation recognized for their accomplishments, U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona said.

Scholars are selected by the White House Commission based on their artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

At least one male and one female student from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico made the 2021 list.

Additionally, there are 15 at-large scholars nationwide, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education.

The class of 2021 will be recognized for their achievement this summer.

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