BRHS Students Continue the Legacy of Excellence

Top Row: Robert Chumbley, Brian Tsai Middle Row: Ziying He, Priya Balamurugan, Grace Qian, Riley Devall, Krishna Pochana; Bottom Row: Orianne Luo, Erina Buchholz, Christian Fontenot, Anusha Zaman.

Two More Perfect ACT Scores
Two more Baton Rouge High School Seniors earned a perfect 36 on the March ACT. Seniors Erina Buchholz and Christian Fontenot scored 36 on their final attempt at the exam to join Seniors Priya Balamurugan, Orianne Luo, Riley Devall, Ziying He; Juniors Anusha Zaman, Brian Tsai, Robert Chumbley; and Sophomores Krishna Pochana, and Grace Qian with this rare accomplishment. That adds up to be 11 current Baton Rouge High School students with a 36 on the ACT. 

Christian Fontenot enjoys computer programming in his free time. He is a member of STEM Club and Mu Alpha Theta.

Erina Buchholz was a finalist for Louisiana High School Student of the Year and is an accomplished violinist. She is the youngest member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Erina has also recently been named as a Presidential Scholar semi-finalist for Louisiana.


Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalists

Erina Buchholz and Ziying He are two of eight Presidential Scholar Semifinalists from Louisiana. Baton Rouge High School is the only high school in Louisiana with two semifinalists. The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our Nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Students from both public and private schools are invited to apply to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program based on their performance on the ACT and SAT tests. Each year, up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the Nation’s highest honors for high school students.  All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, held in June in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Presidential Scholars are guests of the Presidential Scholar Commission during the National Recognition Program and enjoy an expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with government officials, educators, and other accomplished people. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

For over 50 years, this unique federal program has honored over 7,000 U.S. Presidential Scholars, who have demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and contribution to school and community. The work of the Commission on Presidential Scholars reaffirms, on behalf of the President, the Nation’s commitment to education.