Hilton Head Aquatics standout Emily Hammond is one of 3,000 candidates and the only one from Beaufort County in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
The swimmer, who signed to swim at UCLA and is currently with the Heritage Academy, was selected from nearly 3.4 million students graduating high school this year. Each candidate is chosen based on their performances on the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment while each Chief State School Officer is also allowed to nominate three male or three female candidates residing in their jurisdiction.
Student essays, self-assessments, activities, recommendations and school transcripts also play a part in a candidate's consideration, according to a release.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars will make the final selection on Scholars, as the 32-person group appointed by the President will select one boy and girl from each state, 15 students at-large and as many as 20 students from the creative and performing arts.
Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a ceremony and will also take part in events and activities with fellow winners and educators, among others.
The education department will announce the Scholars this May.
A GLANCE AT THE 2ND ROUND
The second round of the S.C. High School League boys basketball playoffs tips off tonight, as Hilton Head Island High travels to Hartsville and Whale Branch Early College High School hosts Timmonsville. Bluffton hopes to advance on Saturday.
The Seahawks take on a Red Foxes team led by point guard Jaylen Shaw, an all-state selection. The senior has offers from Winthrop, Presbyterian, Tulane, High Point and Radford and played in front of USC basketball coach Frank Martin earlier this week. The standout poured in 36 points in Hartsville's 84-66 win over Georgetown on Monday.
The Warriors, meanwhile, play host to Timmonsville. The Whirlwinds sprung a 61-50 upset win on the road over Hannah-Pamplico on Tuesday night.
Bluffton travels to face a Sumter squad that accounted for 2-A power Lake Marion's only loss this season. The Gamecocks are led by all-state selection Auntrell Holloway, a senior center. Sumter knocked off Dutch Fork 75-62 on Wednesday.
WARRIORS SLIP IN POLLS
The Whale Branch boys basketball team fell from No. 1 to No. 4 in Class 1-A in the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association's final regular-season rankings. The girls team is ranked fifth.
THA, BA DOMINATE ALL-REGION
Thomas Heyward Academy's Jamie Malphrus is the girls basketball player of the year for SCISAA Region 1-AA. She is joined on the first team by teammate Brielle Jungblut and Beaufort Academy's Miranda Weslake.
Thomas Heyward's Taylor Ernestine, along with Charlotte Delfosse and Kiana Fortner of Beaufort Academy, were named to the second team.
On the boys side, Beaufort Academy's Preston Suber and Finn Koppernaes, along with Thomas Heyward's Dillon Tillotson, were named second-team all-region.
OTHER AREA PLAYERS ALL-REGION
Beaufort High's Jordan Fields was named to the girls All-Region 8-AAAA team, while Hilton Head Island's Lauryn Bush and Americal Jenkins are on the girls All-Region 6-AAA team.