Amelie Kharey, a senior at Runnels High School, has been named one of 565 semifinalists in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The semifinalists were selected from more than 4,000 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.

Final selection of the scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Barack Obama, and will be announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in May, a news release from the school said.

The commission will select two representatives from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American students living abroad; up to 20 students representing the visual, literary and performing arts; and 15 students at-large. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in various activities and events held in their honor.

Semifinalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished educators after a review of students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.