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2 SoCal students selected as US Presidential Scholars in the Arts



In this file photo, President George W. Bush participates in a photo opportunity with the Presidential Scholars at the White House June 23, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Scholars program was created in 1964 to honor academic achievement and was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.
In this file photo, President George W. Bush participates in a photo opportunity with the Presidential Scholars at the White House June 23, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Scholars program was created in 1964 to honor academic achievement and was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.
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Two Los Angeles County students were among 20 high school seniors from around the country selected Monday as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

Gabriela Campo of Glendale, Calif., and Angela Francis of Los Angeles were honored for their skills in theater and photography, respectively.

"These scholars will help move our country forward and will have a lasting impact on their families, communities, and on our society," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a written statement. "They represent the potential of all young citizens to lift up America.”

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Francis also recently won first place in photography at The Music Center’s 26th Annual Spotlight Awards in downtown Los Angeles, a regional performing and visual arts competition for high school students. She's headed to Boston University in the fall and will major in photojournalism. 

This year marks the 50th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. More than 6,000 students have been recognized since the program began.

It recognizes up to 141 high school seniors, more than 100 of which are chosen for academic achievement (one male and one female from each state and another 15 from wherever). Up to 20 students additional students are recognized in the arts. 

Scholars will receive medallions during an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., June 22.

California's other four winners are: 

Among the program's notable alumni is Bruce Reed, who was recognized in 1978. Reed served as Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff until late last year, and now lives in Southern California where he is the president of The Broad Education Foundation.