A River Ridge High School senior has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semi-finalist.

Alicia Mazzurra is one of only 700 students nationwide, including only 17 from Georgia, to qualify for the final round of the national competition. These semi-finalists are considered to be among the best and brightest of the 3.6 million graduating seniors in the nation’s Class of 2020.

Semi-finalists are chosen based on academic achievement including outstanding performance on the ACT or SAT, personal character, leadership and service activities; application is by invitation only. Only 161 students will be honored as finalists at a White House ceremony. The Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to honor and recognize extraordinary graduating seniors.

“Congratulations to Alicia on this remarkable accomplishment,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re so proud of Alicia and the dedication she has shown to her studies, as well as to her writing and art and to her school community.”

A stellar student, Alicia earlier this year was named a 2020 National Merit Scholarship finalist … one of the most prestigious recognitions for graduating high school seniors! A Superintendent’s Key Scholar, her outstanding performance on the SAT also earned her the title of River Ridge High School’s STAR Student through the statewide recognition program.

An AP student, and member of the Science Olympiad team, Reading Bowl team and Tome Student Literary Society, Alicia also is a talented artist and writer. Among her numerous honors are: Governor’s Honors for Communicative Arts, multiple first-place awards at Georgia Tome competitions, State finalist in Georgia’s Poetry Out Loud competition, first place in the Cherokee County Farm Bureau’s annual art contest and honorable mention at the State level, first-place in the PTA Reflections fine arts competition for Literature, and runner-up in CCSD’s anti-vaping student PSA video contest. She has not yet decided on the university she will attend in the fall.

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