Emma Barringer ’24 Named Candidate in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program - Kingswood Oxford

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January 23, 2024

Emma Barringer ’24 Named Candidate in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Emma Barringer ‘24 has been named one of more than 5,000 candidates in 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2024. In April, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all 600 semifinalists and then selects up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars each year. 


“It’s really nice to have the recognition,” Barringer said, “and be honored with other high-achieving seniors and to show the type of education students can get at KO.”


Applicants who have scored exceptionally well on either the SAT or ACT are automatically considered for participation. In Barringer’s case, her near-perfect SAT score qualified her for the Scholars Program.


Barringer had a slow and steady SAT prep approach, devoting 30 minutes daily to studying. “I wouldn’t say that standardized tests come very easy to me,” she said, “but you don’t get burned out doing 30 minutes a day.”


The next stage of the program requires Barringer to submit an application, including several essays, in what Barringer considers a “college application on steroids.” Some of the essay topics include inserting a photo and describing the significance of the photo, describing your family dynamic, and detailing what problem you want to solve in the world. Candidates are notified in April if they are one of the 600 semi-finalists.


Barringer has attended KO since sixth grade, relishing her experience with her peers and teachers so much that she continued her education at KO. “I love being able to take advantage of the different opportunities, whether it’s managing editor of news and sports KO News, Power of Women co-chair, Mock Trial Team captain, and field hockey captain,” she said. “I feel that KO has so many opportunities for students to dive into and explore their interests. And, of course, the teachers are phenomenal. They are so excited and passionate about teaching, which translates to your excitement about attending that class.”


Extraordinarily well-rounded and quietly confident, Barringer takes her leadership roles at KO seriously, understanding that the best leaders inspire those around them to have the same level of passion that she has. As for college, Barringer plans on studying international relations or political science, immersing herself in global experiences.


“I’m at a point where I know I’m prepared for college because of KO, and I’m excited for the next steps,” she said.


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