Brian Xu '21 Named Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

Jesuit senior Brian Xu '21 was recently selected as a National Semifinalist in the 2021 US Presidential Scholar competition. Brian was selected as one of only 625 Semifinalists across the nation for his outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to the community.

"Brian's recognition is well-deserved," said Science Teacher Kathryn Mahoney. "I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach and work with Brian this year, and I am grateful for his leadership both in the classroom and with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office. I am confident Brian is ready to move on from high school to make the world a better place."

Application for the US Presidential Scholars competition is by invitation only from the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of eminent private citizens appointed by the President to represent fields of education, medicine, law, social services, business, and other professions. Only 6,500 students nationwide were invited to apply in 2021.

Brian was also named a 2021 Coca-Cola Scholar, one of only 150 from over 99,000 applicants across the nation, and received an Equitable Excellence Scholarship for his "courage, strength, and wisdom as shown by community impact through volunteer service." As a part of this recognition, Jesuit High School will also receive a $1,000 grant for Professional Development.

Brian Xu is the Salutatorian for the Class of 2021. When asked about the most important lessons he has learned at Jesuit, Brian says, "Start with Why, Be Endlessly Curious, and of course, Age Quod Agis." Congratulations, Brian!