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Woodbury High School Student Selected as 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) is excited to announce that Minkai Li, a Woodbury High School (WHS) senior, has been selected as a United States Presidential Scholar. 

Along with being a 2022 Presidential Scholar, Minkai has received numerous academic and leadership honors. Some of the honors include being the captain of the math team, co-president of the WHS National Honor Society, captain of the science bowl, captain of the speech team, earning a National Merit scholarship and achieving a perfect 36 score on the ACT. 

Many of Minkai’s teachers, advisors and counselors are excited to hear he has received this well-deserved honor. 

“Minkai’s abilities and accomplishments are varied and outstanding. What really strikes his teachers is his level of curiosity and his willingness to work, as well as his modesty and compassion for others,” said Carl Andersen, Minkai’s teacher and nominator for the award. 

“Somewhere in his life, Minkai developed a healthy attitude about success and failure. His passion for learning exceeds any concern he might have about outcomes. Rather than focusing on his grades, he delves into the work and eagerly seeks out challenges.”

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors. Scholars are chosen based on academic accomplishments, artistic success, leadership and involvement in their community. 

Minkai will be recognized as a member of the Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 this summer during a national recognition program before attending Harvard University this fall. 

Congratulations Minkai!