Besides being the Chant’s Editor-in-Chief, senior Ben Petersen recently also added a new accomplishment to his resume: U.S. Presidential Scholar nominee.

He attended the State Board of Education meeting late January in Phoenix, where he was officially recognized his academic achievements.

The honor comes at the hands of Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.

Douglas wrote, “On behalf of the Arizona Department of Education, congratulations on being selected … You exemplify the best of our young people and will represent our great state of Arizona and your community in a very bright light.”

The US Presidential Scholar program comes with an very rigorous application process. It is considered to be one of the highest honors that may be received by an American high school student. According to the US Department of Education, “scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.”

“I’m honored to receive this recognition,” Petersen said. “I’m looking forward to a promising future in college and in service to the community.”

Among Petersen’s many academic accomplishments, he also serves as an intern in a House of Representatives office, manages Roots & Shoots at TGS, and launched Rincon Road Photography, an award­ winning nature photography business.