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Eisenhower senior named one of 5,000 national candidates for Presidential Scholar
Eisenhower senior named one of 5,000 national candidates for Presidential Scholar
Posted on 02/04/2022
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Not many students start their day with an e-mail from the White House.

But Eisenhower High School senior Hailey Nichols was among only 5,000 students nationwide who opened their email with the same message – you are a candidate for the prestigious United States Presidential Scholars program.

My reaction to this recognition was pure shock,” Nichols said. “Seeing the White House in my email inbox was such a cool moment! I am proud of my academic accomplishments that got me here.”

The Scholars program has been offered for nearly 60 years to recognize students who demonstrate exemplary leadership and service to school and community.

Candidates in the program must complete a formal application, including essays, self-assessments, transcripts and approval from their principal. In April, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will review the applications and select up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars. 

An Eisenhower High School valedictorian and National Merit Commended student, her entire K-12 UCS experience has “fostered my scholastic and extracurricular growth,” Nichols said.


My teachers have always been deeply involved with my personal development,” she said.  “Life lessons taught by great educators, like my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. (Anna) Crocenzi, have stuck with me for years and inspired me to achieve my goals.”


One of those teachers, Eisenhower High School’s Amber Bronson, said Nichols’ success is based on a strong work ethic.


She is an excellent student, an excellent senior class president, an excellent thespian, and most importantly an excellent human being,” Bronson said.  “Hailey is a perfect model of the student who should be recognized through awards like these, and I am so proud of her for achieving this level of success.” 


At Eisenhower, Nichols has served as Senior Class President and is a member of Student Council and the National Honors society.


She is also involved with Eisenhower’s drama and choir programs; performs with Show Choir and has been elected as a Choir Officer this year. She also had a major/lead role in two of Eisenhower’s musical productions.


Outside of school, she has performed with the Metropolitan Detroit Youth Chorus for four years and with its auditioned Halftime group for one year. 


Next year, Nichols plans to attend the University of Michigan and major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience as part of a pre-law or pre-med course of study.