Wakeland High School senior and valedictorian Labiba Uddin has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar. She is one of five Texas students named as a 2021 Texas Scholar and in 161 in the nation.
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.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,600 of the nation's top-performing students.
“This is a surreal moment,” Uddin said. “I would say to any senior or anyone coming into high school to just believe in yourself and never be afraid to take risks and challenge yourself.”
Uddin is no stranger to accomplishments. She is a National Merit Semifinalist and Finalist, Academic Decathlon Medalist, State DECA Qualifier and founder of an online tutoring company where she helps fellow students achieve their academic goals.
As part of her USPS application, Uddin was permitted to honor one teacher. She chose Wakeland High School social studies teacher Joanna Cone, a 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Distinguished Teacher.
Congratulations to Uddin, who will attend Harvard University in the fall and major in molecular and cellular biology.
The Presidential Scholars Class of 2021 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer. Learn more about the 57th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars and Uddin’s honor.