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Amherst CHS Senior Nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Student in hallwayAn Amherst Central High School student has been nominated for the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.


Nishaant Jacobus was chosen as a general component nominee, based on recommendations to the State Education Department from the office of New York State Assemblymember Karen McMahon.


“Nishaant is a truly impressive individual with superb academic credentials and a particular interest and aptitude in the fields of math and science,” she says. “Moreover, he has shown himself to be a leader and role model in both his school and community.”


Currently enrolled in four advanced placement courses at ACHS, he has also been enrolled in the University at Buffalo Gifted Math Program where he will finish with college credits for at least 8 courses. He is a candidate for New York State Seal of Biliteracy in French and Latin.


Academically, he has won a slew of awards including Honorable Mention (Top 200 Nationwide), 2021 United States National Chemistry Olympiad which earned him a position in the study program for Developing Various Approaches to Solving Advanced Problems in College Level Chemistry Courses at Canisius College.


He also earned 2022 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist; Gold Medalist, National Latin Exam, 2019, 2020, 2021; AP Scholar with Distinction, 2021; fifth place, Machines and 10th place, Chemistry Lab, 2021 New York State Science Olympiad; second place, 2021 Western New York United States National Chemistry Olympiad Local Section Exam.


He plays the trumpet in the jazz ensemble and wind ensemble. He also sings and is a member of the concert chorale and varsity singers. He has earned music awards including the 2021 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 1 Senior High Area All-State Concert Band; 2018 NYSSMA Zone 1 Junior High Area All-State Concert Band; 2021 Erie County Music Educators Association (ECMEA) Senior High All-County Band; 2019 ECMEA Junior High All-County Band.


He also plays varsity tennis.

Statewide, there are 25 students nominated; 20 in the general component area and five in the Career and Technical Education component. Last year, Amherst Central was the only school district in WNY and the only district to have two students represented as 2021 candidates.


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


The U.S. Department of Education will issue invitations to nominees in January. Semifinalists will be notified in mid-April and Scholars will be notified in May. Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion.