Paul Gregg (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER FOR NHN)
Parker School senior Paul Gregg has been named a semifinalist in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. He is one of 550 students in the nation selected from more than 3,900 who scored exceptionally well on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or the ACT (American College Testing) test—out of the over two million U.S. students who took either test this year—and “on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities,” according to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office. There are a total of six semi-finalists from the State of Hawaii, and two will find out in May if they made it into the final selection of Presidential Scholars.
Gregg, also a National Merit Scholarship Program finalist and scholarship recipient, has been a member of Parker School’s debate team for four years, is the vice president of the student council, and has been part of the National Honors Society for two years, and is vice-president this year. He is a founding member and co-president of the International Thespian Society and has been actively involved in Dramatiques, Parker’s after-school drama program, for four years, currently serving as musical director. An accomplished athlete, Gregg ran on the cross country team, and was named Most Valuable Player twice and was one of the top Big Island runners, and he played soccer for Parker for four years.
Gregg has won several awards throughout his high school career: the Brown University Book Award, the Richard Smart Junior Award for Excellence; and Degree of Special Distinction for his achievements in debate. In addition, he is an accomplished singer and musician who primarily plays piano, but also guitar, ukulele, and violin.
Accepted into several colleges and universities, Gregg will soon decide if he will attend Harvard University, Stanford University, Pomona College or Swarthmore College. If selected, Gregg will be invited to a recognition ceremony in Washington D.C. in June where he and the other scholars would receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion and be honored at various events.