Julia Telischi, a Ransom Everglades High School senior who lives in Coral Gables, has been chosen by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars as a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Only 20 students in Florida and 565 nationwide are semifinalists (from a nationwide pool of 4,000), and in May one young man and one young woman from Florida will be selected. Julia also is a nominee for the Miami Herald’s 56th Silver Knight Award in the “General Scholar” category.
In addition to academics, she is very involved in the sport of fencing, and recently placed fifth in a USFA national tournament. She trains with Olympian Rafael Suarez of Masters Fencing Club in North Miami.
Julia is a Girl Scout Ambassador, having received her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2013 after helping to create the Musically Minded music therapy program at a University of Miami-based preschool for children with hearing impairment. This was done with funds she raised by tutoring math for more than a year.
Semifinalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished educators after a review of students’ essays, self assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and transcripts.
Top scholars to be announced in May will be invited to Washington, DC, in June to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion during a recognition ceremony and to participate in various events in their honor.