Zoe Sims, a senior at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, has been named one of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2013.
Sims is HPA’s second consecutive U.S. Presidential Scholars Program candidate. Last year, Kyle Matsuda was named a 2012 Presidential Scholar. Matsuda currently is a student at Harvard University.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 49th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
Sims, the daughter of Neil and Kathryn Sims of Kailua-Kona, is an active member of the HPA community. She is student body president and served as class representative on the student council for two years. She also serves on the school’s Honor Council. In addition, Sims has written numerous articles for Ma Ke Kula, the school magazine, and North Hawaii News.
Sims is well known in the running community as one of the state’s top harriers. She was the 2011 individual BIIF champion and went on with her teammates to take the 2011 state championship.