Division Avenue High School senior Nikhil Keer was recently selected as one of 25 high school seniors from New York State to be nominated for the 2021 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Being recognized in the program is one of the highest honors that a high school student can obtain. Nikhil was nominated by Sen. Kevin Thomas.
Each year, the prestigious program honors up to 161 students as scholars. These students represent excellence in education and are selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars as a result of their academic success, artistic excellence, community service, essays, leadership, school evaluations and transcripts and their demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
Nikhil is a hardworking student who is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a recipient of the AP Capstone Diploma. He is currently enrolled in five Advanced Placement courses and has already taken seven AP courses during his high school career. Due to his exceptional academic accomplishments, Nikhil is involved in Division Avenue High School's business, national, social studies and world language honor societies.
Among his many leadership roles, Nikhil is the president and captain of the school's Science Olympiad, president of DECA, member of Mathletes, member of Key Club and serves as a peer leader. He is also a junior black belt in mixed martial arts, an assistant martial arts instructor, a Levittown Public Library teen advisory board member and a volunteer through the Levittown DoSomething Club.
Nikhil will continue on in the program with the hope of becoming a semifinalist next. Semifinalists in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program are expected to be notified in mid-April and Scholars will be notified in May. Those who are selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar will go on to receive a medallion for their high achievement.