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Klein ISD Senior Recognized as 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar

Klein ISD Senior Recognized as 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar

Klein High School Valedictorian Sneha Shenoy is at it again! This outstanding high school senior has been recognized as a U.S. Presidential Scholar for Career and Technical Education. Sneha is one of only five students to earn this accolade in the state of Texas, and the first ever Klein ISD student to earn this prestigious recognition.

“We are incredibly honored to have Sneha representing Klein ISD’s tradition of excellence in education at the national level with this prestigious recognition,” said Dr. Jenny McGown, Klein ISD Superintendent. “Her unwavering dedication to academics, character development, and serving our community continues to shine a light on just what a magnificent person she is.”

The U.S. Presidential Scholar program recognizes high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

“To say I am honored is an understatement. I am incredibly grateful to not only be named a United States Presidential Scholar but to share this honor with a woman who helped me transform from a shy freshman to a confident senior – Ms. Kristen Haggard,” said Sneha Shenoy. “Ms. Haggard has supported me in every single endeavor I have taken on in high school, and I couldn’t think of a more deserving person to be named a United States Department of Education Distinguished Teacher. We have such a special bond, and I know that even though I am graduating high school, Ms. Haggard will be a lifetime mentor and friend.”

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

“I am so proud of Sneha. She deserves all of the recognition that has come her way this year,” said Brandon Baker, Klein High Principal. “The gratitude and kindness that she spreads is infectious on our campus, and we could not be more proud of her for her high academic achievement and remarkable leadership skills that she embodies.”

Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 6,000 candidates qualified for the 2021 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations, and the National YoungArts Foundation’s national YoungArts™ program.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,600 of the nation’s top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

“I have to thank Klein ISD for giving me the tools to explore my interests and embrace my creativity. For thirteen years, my teachers’ missions to include academic and character-driven curriculum in their classrooms have really helped me think from different perspectives,” said Sneha. “I am extremely grateful to Ms. Haggard, Mrs. Hernandez, Dr. McGown, Mr. Baker, and all of the many, MANY other pages of teachers and administrators that have helped me along the way. I am also blessed by the unwavering support of my parents and family, which has made all of my endeavors possible.”

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2021 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer.

Congratulations, Sneha! Your Klein Family could not be more proud of you for the many accomplishments you have earned this year and all the years you have been a K-12 student in Klein ISD. We look forward to following your successes in the future as you attend Harvard University this Fall. 


Klein ISD is AAA in Academics, Arts, and Athletics.

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Klein ISD has an established 84-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.

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Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.

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