Heritage Hall Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
Heritage Hall’s Sukanya Bhattacharya was one of two Oklahomans to be named a 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school students by the White House Commission of Presidential Scholars.
The award recognizes students annually for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. Selection is further based on students’ essays, school evaluations, transcripts, community service, leadership, and a demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
In announcing this year’s 161 scholars, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated, "It is my privilege to congratulate the Presidential Scholars Class of 2020 on their outstanding academic achievement, community service, and leadership. These exemplary young people have excelled inside the classroom and out. And, while they are facing unprecedented challenges as they graduate from high school into a world that looks much different than it did just a few months ago, their determination, resilience, and commitment to excellence will serve them well as they pursue their next steps."
“This is a great honor for me,” stated Bhattacharya. “I could not have earned this recognition without the support of my teachers and mentors at Heritage Hall; I’m extremely grateful for the life skills and lessons they’ve taught me that I will carry with me to Dartmouth and beyond,” she added.
Heritage Hall is a co-educational college preparatory school in Oklahoma City. As one of the few secular private schools in the state, we offer a challenging academic curriculum for students from preschool through grade 12, as well as unique leadership opportunities, a wide spectrum of athletics, and a well developed fine arts program.