Two Seniors Named U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates
District 7 is proud to announce that two Spartanburg High School seniors - Luke Martin and Margaret Tebbe - have been named candidates in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They are one of 4,000 candidates chosen from a pool of over 3.5 million high school seniors nationwide. Ultimately, one male and one female from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will be selected. In 2009, Spartanburg High School had unprecedented success when both of Presidential Scholars for the state of South Carolina were SHS students: Bonnie Antosh and Drew Henderson.
According to the U.S. Presidential Scholars office, “inclusion in the program, now in its 53rd year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors.” Scholars are selected based on superior academic achievement, but Luke and Margaret accolades aren’t limited to academics. Luke is an athlete, competing for four years in swimming. He and his teammates recently were presented State Championship rings in the boys relay. Margaret is a cellist in the symphony orchestra and also has been honored with earning a chair in the South Carolina Regional Honors Orchestra.
Principal Jeff Stevens is proud, but not surprised Luke and Margaret have both earned this achievement. “Both Luke and Margaret are remarkably well-rounded and humble students,” Stevens said. “They stand out in very special ways. Both are extremely hard working, goal-oriented student, and true friends to so many. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Office made an excellent choice in picking these two, and as a school, we’ll be cheering them along the way in this process.”