As part of a program dating back to 1964 designed to honor the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced that two Alabama seniors were named 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars, including ASMS senior Gregory Li of Spanish Fort, Ala.
He is one of just 161 high school seniors selected from across the country for their academic achievement, technical expertise, leadership, service, artistic excellence, citizenship and contribution to their school and their community.
“This honor reminds me of the importance of not only learning and appreciating our vast base of knowledge but also of the inherent responsibility of students, like us, to understand that we can help make progress and give back to our communities,” Li said. “I remain wholeheartedly grateful to the teachers and mentors who have helped shape my experience at ASMS and supported their students compassionately.”
This fall, Li will attend Harvard College, the undergraduate college of Harvard University. He will be recognized this summer for his achievement, along with the rest of the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars.
During his time at ASMS, he was one of 84 students from 16 countries to participate in a summer academic research program: the Center for Excellence in Education’s Research Science Institute, which was jointly sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Li has presented his mentored research on graph theory and quantum logic at the Joint Mathematics Meetings and the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.
He qualified for the United States Physics Olympiad and the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad. He was also awarded a National Merit Scholarship through his performance on the Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
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