Student Body President Rohan Amin '20 was selected as one of 621 semifinalists around the country to advance to the final round of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition. Semifinalists are chosen first from nearly 3.6 million graduating American high school seniors, and then from the 5,600 students who previously were identified as Presidential Scholar candidates.
The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor our most distinguished graduating seniors. Since then, it has recognized more than 7,500 U.S. Presidential Scholars. The next step is for The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars to review the applications of all semifinalists and ultimately select up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars. The Scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program (typically hosted in June in Washington, DC) and receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at the White House.
Rohan was very involved in debate throughout his four years at Delbarton, and traveled around the country, competing with his debate partner and classmate Peter Gajewski ’20. The teammates qualified for the Tournament of Champions and, last year, competed in the NSDA Nationals. Rohan has also been a Thanksgiving Food Drive and Delbarton Blood Drive coordinator. He participated in research all three summers at NYU Langone Medical Center, working with several professors. He is modest about awards, but we feel compelled to mention that he won a National Merit Scholarship and Biology and Bausch + Lomb Delbarton science awards. He has also competed on the Green Wave Varsity Tennis team all four years, and captains the team this year. He says, “The COVID situation has hit especially hard, particularly as the tennis team is one of the best teams to every play for Delbarton and a real TOC contender.”
Finally, during this year Rohan has led the Delbarton Student Body as its president, and continues to motivate our students virtually, working with his Senior Council to plan events and activities to relieve the boredom of sheltering in place at home. He says about the experience, “This is by far the activity that is most important to me, and I think this fact shone in my essays for the Presidential Scholarship.”
Rohan looks forward to entering Princeton University in fall 2020. We wish him the best of luck as he continues to navigate the Presidential Scholar process as a semifinalist, and commend him for his many contributions to life at Delbarton, and to his fellow students, during his four years here!