Carlton said that a packed schedule makes Niu's accomplishments all the more impressive.
The Presidential Scholars Program was initiated in 1964 by the executive order of President Lyndon B. Johnson as a means to not only recognize the nation's most distinguished scholars, but also to provide an experience that helps shape the country's future leaders. The scholars travel to Washington, D.C., in June as guests of the program for a week of seminars, lectures and workshops with people from the fields of government, education, science and the arts.
The week culminates in a White House-sponsored event where the scholars are awarded the Presidential Medallion.
The detailed application for the presidential scholars program included six essay questions on a variety of topics.
As Niu awaits word on the outcome, she is also waiting to hear about some other applications she's recently filed. Her sights are set on some of the finest colleges in the country.
While she won't know for several weeks where she will be next fall, Niu has thought about what she might study when she gets there. A daughter of Chinese natives, she is interested in possibly studying environmental sciences or international relations. She is also considering math and physics.
She expects to continue music lessons in college and would like to play an intramural sport such badminton or tennis.